Papal birthplace up for sale for EUR 1 million

19th August 2005, Comments 0 comments

19 August 2005, MARKTL, GERMANY - With three days left before the deadline for tenders to buy the papal birthplace in the German town of Marktl, negotiations continued Friday with half a dozen potential buyers.

19 August 2005

MARKTL, GERMANY - With three days left before the deadline for tenders to buy the papal birthplace in the German town of Marktl, negotiations continued Friday with half a dozen potential buyers.

Joseph Ratzinger was born in an apartment in the house 78 years ago, but spent most of his childhood in another Bavarian town, Traunstein. Since his election in April as Pope Benedict XVI, dozens of sightseers have visited Marktl-am-Inn every day.

Roland Maeusl, a realtor for owner Claudia Dandl, said, "There is still some dynamism in it." Tenders must be filed by Monday night. "It's quite possible we'll get more offers by then," said Maeusl.

The vendor would reveal details of the bids on Tuesday, Maeusl said. The municipal council, which supports conversion of the house to a museum, also has an option to buy the property at the price of the top bid.

Pope Benedict is not visiting Marktl during his current visit to Germany.

Dandl, who says she is fed up with having tourists on her doorstep, expects to sell the house dating from 1745 for over EUR 1 million, which locals say is 10 times the price of comparable properties.

Maeusl said more than 20 potential buyers made inquiries and about six remained interested.

DPA

Subject: German news

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