A portrait of Che Guevara on a wall on June 30, 2020 (illustration). - Arnulfo Franco / AP / SIPA

It is an important place in the history of all of Latin America which today seeks a buyer. The apartment which gave birth to the famous guerrillas Ernesto "Che" Guevara, in the Argentinian city of Rosario in Argentina, is for sale.

A housing frozen in time

Located in the city center of the second largest city in the country, 340 kilometers north of Buenos Aires, this vast bourgeois-style mansion, on the second floor of a five-story building, has remained frozen in time. Its current owner, Franciso Farrugia, an Argentinian entrepreneur who lives in Brazil, planned to transform the premises into a cultural center. But the idea never came to fruition. "We are currently receiving offers to purchase from several countries," he said, while refusing to disclose the price of this property.

Its 220 square meters host photos of "Che" from its first months to this emblematic image of the Cuban revolutionary, beret on his head, beard and hair blowing in the air, immortalized by photographer Alberto Korda. The building is indicated as a historic place and it is the main stage of the "Che circuit", a route through the highlights of the first years of Ernesto Guevara, set up by the town hall. However, visits to the apartment are not open to the public and only certain personalities have been able to browse it. Despite the historic character of the site, it is not certain that these future owners wish to keep it as it is.

A highway in his name

"Che was born in Rosario by chance", reminds the historian Fabian Bazan, author of the book Chegasé which addresses the revolutionary's links with this city. The Guevara family, who lived in the city of Misiones (northeast), had gone to Rosario to do business while Celia, the mother, was about to give birth. Ernesto's birth took place on June 14, 1928 in this apartment, according to historians, although no document attests to this.

Long forbidden in Argentina under the military dictatorship (1976-1983), the figure of Che returns in grace with the return of democracy. "Rosario then begins to revalorize (his image) and the city appropriates it under the impulse of the town hall, directed by socialists", explains the historian. Libraries, schools, sports clubs and even a highway bear his name in this city.


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