La Moneda, Santiago

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    Palacio de la Moneda
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  • Palacio de la Moneda (Rear)
    Palacio de la Moneda (Rear)
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    Back view of La Moneda
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    El Palacio de la Moneda.

    by mev1976 Written Jun 17, 2004

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    Neoclassical presidential palace look much as it did in late colonial times, under Joaquin Toesca`s construction in 1778.
    After air attack in 1973 by Pinochet goverment, left the building unusable.
    Restored in 1981 is the officail president office now.
    Some parts are open to the public, and worth to visit it.

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  • Shift of guard at La Moneda

    by Glospi Written Apr 2, 2004

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    Shift of guard at La Moneda

    Every day, at 10 AM o'clock (sharp), the ceremony of shift of guard is performed by the Carabineros of the Guard Platoon at the northern gate of La Moneda palace, on Plaza Constitucion.

    The ceremony is interesting to see, with lots of orders given in a martial voice to the troops, and the leaving guard marching down Moneda St.
    Local people -both passers-by and tourists- gather to see it from the gardens of the square.
    Be there early if you want to see it, as it is strictly on time and lasts about 20 minutes only.

    Nikon F4s, 80-200 Nikkor, f.2,8-4, 1/500 sec., Kodak Ektachrome Elite 100 film.

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  • The house of the government: La Moneda

    by Glospi Updated Apr 2, 2004

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    La Moneda, northern side

    At heart of the Civic Quarter, La Moneda was for many decades not only the government's house, but also home for the President in office, although this changed in the 60's.
    Before the 1973 military coup, which was the beginning of Gen. Augusto Pinochet's military dictatorship, it was open to the public but, fearing an attack on him, Pinochet closed it; in 2000, President Ricardo Lagos opened it again. Nowadays, its patios can be walked across freely just by asking permission for it to the Carabineros at the north gate (no documents nor ID asked). Going upstairs is not allowed, although journalists can get an extended visit permit at the entrance.
    Photographying the inside is freely allowed to everybody.
    When certain ceremonies are held, crossing permission is suspended during the ceremony, and then resumed.
    During the military coup, it was put under siege, tank-shelled and rocketed by fighter aircraft, some of whose "scars" can still be seen under the repairs made afterwards, and which took about 2 years to finish.

    Nikon F4s, 20 mm. Nikkor, f.8-11, 1/250 sec., POL filter, Kodak Ektachrome Elite EBX 100 slide film.

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    La Moneda

    by IIGUANA Written Nov 21, 2003

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    La Moneda

    Chile's executive palace by excelence. This is where the president works and where chilean history has been made. You can go inside and walk around it's different patios. And if you've read some modern chilean history, yes: this is the place that was bombed back in 1973 to take out comunist president Allende off the goverment. Then Pinochet became president.
    Around the La Moneda, there are some goverment buildings, but they're not very pretty.
    One funny thing: the face of the palace overlooking the Alameda is actually the back side of the palace. The front door is the other way around.

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    You remember Allende

    by MJL Written Mar 6, 2010
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    The seat of the President of the Republic of Chile. It also houses the offices of three cabinet ministers: Interior, General Secretariat of the Presidency and General Secretariat of the Government.

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    La Moneda

    by frankcanfly Updated Oct 25, 2005

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    This park rises up a small hill near the center of town, it's a great place to climb and explore.

    A recent episode of "The Amazing Race" was filmed here. This park was that episode's finish line.

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    Palacio de la Moneda

    by camilo74 Written Jan 12, 2005

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    Chilean Government Palace. i don't know when it was built, but it was bombed in 1973 during a militar coup. it was fixed and this is how it looks like today

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    Palacio De Moneda

    by Jim_Eliason Updated Jul 26, 2004

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    Former Mint and presidential palace. The inside courtyard is open to the public. There is also a changing of the guard ceremony here daily.

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