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The story tells that, in the late 20s, Antoine de Saint-Exupéry was flying a plane of the General Aerospotal Company. For those who do not remember him, this is the author of The Little Prince , a book that continues to mark generations and teachings. As he was on his way to Paraguay, a technical breakdown in the engine forced him to land emergency. The place where he would have done it was north of the town entrerriana, in a descampado near the Uruguay r ío . Steps from there was the Castillo de San Carlos , an imposing stone house that today houses myths and legends .
Noises from that forced place attracted the attention of Susana and Edda Fuchs . Girls, aged 12 and 18 respectively, were daughters of a marriage of French immigrants residing in the mansion . Surprised by the fact, the sisters approached Saint-Exúpery and invited him to meet his home and his parents. So the novelist settled in the Hotel Colón and used to visit the family for months. Later years, he would have admitted that he was pleased, because the facilities recreated images of his childhood in Saint Maurice de Rémens.
Some argue that this experience was the one that inspired the creation of The Little Prince in part. The fundamentals are that girls raised animals, including two foxes and some snakes, and they were to express their longings very much. In fact, in the chapter " Oasis” of his book Land of Men it is possible to find references. “I had landed in a field and didn't know I was going to live a fairy tale. It was near Concordia, in Argentina. I dream. Everything seems so distant, what will have become of the two fairies?”, stated the author in allusion to the sisters.
The Castle of San Carlos was built between 1886 and 1888 . It has two floors, in which 27 rooms and marble floors are deployed. Its construction was demanded by Edouard Demachy , a supposed French count who enjoyed the space until 1891. However, one day he decided to walk away along the Uruguay River on his boat with his wife and he never returned again. Such a sudden restraining awakened the mystery and local rumors about what could have happened. Even, some locals claim that he did so to escape from his grandfather , who would have made a pact with the devil .
Years later, a terrible arson, looting and vandalism left the mansion in ruins . Currently, it is only possible to visualize its structure. Over time, it became the scene of rituals of sects, offerings and even hiding places for characters escaping Justice. At the same time, it must coexist with installed popular beliefs about the existence of spirits, deafening noises and moving shadows.
The property where the house is located was restored and put into value in 2014 . Tours with guides and a museum located in the old stables are available. Likewise, the space was converted to the Municipal Natural Reserve and so did the Castillo de San Carlos. In his park, a sculpture inspired by The Little Prince was built to pay tribute to the work and the illustrious guest.Thus, visitors are amazed at the landscape and allow themselves to dream for a while being in the imagination of Saint-Exupéry.
Publication Date: 03/09/2020
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