La Moneda, Santiago

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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. Put La Moneda at the forefront of your travel plans using our Santiago journey planning site .
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  • Stay in a nice place, worth a spin in place. The neighborhoods around are well kept and beautiful.
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  • Forced to traverse the center of the center of santiago. In the surroundings are all local shopping with great prices and variety. Many people all the time that if
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  • We have seen the changing of the guard on 31 December 2017. Succession is daily and takes place from 10:00 to about 10 h 45. Very nice show with parade, marching band, horsemen and foot soldiers. Essential.
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  • Where : Palacio de La Moneda – Santiago - Chile Title: Nicer with the changing of guard ceremony Palacio de La Moneda is the seat of the President of the Republic of Chile. It also houses the offices of three cabinet ministers according Wikipedia. If you take the Free walking tour they get you there or you can just take a chance to go around Santiago downtown and for sure you will get there. You can confirm online which days of the week they have the traditional changing of guard ceremony that it’s something special to watch and you can film, take pictures, it’s pretty cool. Just get there a little earlier to get a good spot in the middle of lots of people that are waiting to see it. Again, just take care of your wallets and enjoy the history and the beautiful building architecture. Grade: Eli = 4, Serge = 4 Recommend: Nice place to visit, more special during the changing of guard as mentioned, we totally recommend it.
  • Quite an embarrassment to show this place to Foreigner Friends. Such a dirty palace, dog poo in the park, street dogs around the palace. Surrounded by fences everywhere and smells like pee during the night and even worst during the day. Its the unfortunate reality.
  • 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.

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