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La Moneda, Santiago

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Government Building Tourist Spot
Originally a mint opened by colonial rulers in 1805, La Moneda became the seat of the Chilean government in 1845. The mint continued to produce coins until 1929, fulfilling its dual purpose. The building's most turbulent time came during the coup d'etat in 1973, when the Chilean air force loyal to Augusto Pinochet bombarded the palace and caused damage still visible today. You can arrange an English-language guided tour of the palace via email at least one week before your visit. Take a look at our Santiago tourist route planner to schedule your visit to La Moneda and learn about what else to see and do during your holiday.
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  • Love the changing of the guard. We went on an ice cream Sunday. Started promptly at 11 hours. The high point for Brazilians, arguably, was the execution of Aquarela do Brazil. Be sure to visit La Moneda Museum in the Palace and is a grace.
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  • Don't miss the changing of the guard. Go to Chile and not living this moment is how not to go to Chile. Very beautiful!
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  • We were visiting on a Sunday morning. The presentation and changing of the guard starts on schedule, so arrive before to follow closely every step. I suggest we schedule the visit to the Palace, because it did not think that scheduling would work and we don't know the Palace.
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  • I admire the Values and Human side of President Michelle Bachelet ,she brings light to the Le Moneda Palace ,and wish to the great people of Chile always to follow the human Values of Liberte Egalite Fraternite ..that after all remains in this World we live..
  • I couldn't find the scars on the building from the CIA led coup attempt in the 1970. So be sure to look for them.
  • The best part is the ceremony for change of guards which happens every alternate day. The band plays amazing songs. You can pre book tours of the palace if you want to go inside.
  • Please take an appointment for FREE tour in this place by website. is "a must to see". Recomiendo que tomar con Antelacion el tour gratuito al Palacio.
  • The beauty. The history.

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