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  Palacio de la Moneda
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Palacio de la Moneda is an impressive structure which was built under the guidance of Italian architect, Joaquin Toesca and completed in 1805, originally intended for use as a mint.

The building was first repurposed as a Presidential palace in 1846 when Manuel Bulnes claimed it for his residence and executive offices. It became a place of tragedy when Chilean President Salvador Allende committed suicide there to avoid capture after having occupied the palace when it was bombed in 1973 during the Pinochet coup
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In spite of its tragic history, it was a pleasant day to visit the Presidential Palace. The large, sunny courtyard featured an exterior iron-railed stairway to the upper level, a fountain, some orange trees, a cannon and metal sculpture. Iron detailing used in the palace was made in Spain, all other building materials came from Chile.

Security checked our purses before allowing us to enter. We came on a Sunday afternoon, but there was not much of a crowd. This structure is no longer being used as a Presidential palace.

Lengthier tours to the interior of the palace can be requested by calling 2/6711402. There is usually a 2-3 week wait; passports required. These tours are only conducted during weekdays.

Address: Barrio Civico

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  • Updated Nov 30, 2007
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