Colombian banknotes to feature Garcia Marquez

Visitors observe a wall with paper butterflies in tribute to Colombian writer Gabriel Garcia Marquez at the International Book Fair in Guadalajara, Mexico.

Colombia's central bank will print banknotes to honour the country's most celebrated writer, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, who died in April and is renowned as the father of magical-realism storytelling.

Congress passed a Bill on Tuesday instructing the bank to feature a depiction of "Gabo", as he was affectionately known, on the next bills it produces.

The law also requires that certain sites in his native region be preserved for tourism.

The prolific writer, who started out as a newspaper reporter, was best known for his masterpiece One Hundred Years Of Solitude, which won him the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1982. He is credited with bringing Latin America to life for millions of readers with his tales of love and longing.

"Gabo left an extraordinary literary and journalistic collection of work whose distribution, reading and study should be actively promoted," Congressman Antenor Duran was quoted as saying by the newspaper El Espectador.

Garcia Marquez died in April at age 87 in his Mexico City home after a bout of pneumonia.

His archives, including manuscripts, photo albums, typewriters and computers, were acquired by the University of Texas last month.