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El Palacio de la Moneda not always housed the government of Chile. In fact, its named this way because it was build for coin keeping.
In 1730, the republic spent for depression in the economy, whichled to the Cabildo of Santiago to ask the king of Spain to the establishment of a mint in the city. That was how the palace begun to grow in 1784.
The one who drew the plant was the Roman architectJoaquin Toesca.
In 1845, under the presidency of Manuel Bulnes, the palace began t be use us presidential residence and government headquarters, charring space with La moneda which was active thereuntil 1929.
Carlos Ibañez del Campo, in 1958, was the last president who lived in the palace of La Moneda, which was declared a national monument on July 6, 1951.
The break
One of the mostdecisive facts in the history of Chile has la moneda as the main stage. On September 11, 1973, the palace was bombed by the military and the government of Salvador Allende was overthrown.

This resultedin the loss of priceless treasures that were there, including the independence of Chile, in 1818. During the period of reconstruction, which lasted until 1981, the seat of government was the buildingof Diego Portles.
La moneda for everyone
In March 2000 finally the courtyards of la moneda were reopened, so that citizens can travel freely three. The remained closed after 30 years. Today it iscommon to see tourist taking pictures and looking at the building inside. The south pacade was constructed plaza of citizenship unde the esplanade located the ``Centro Cultural Palacio De la Moneda``,which offers movies, presentation and documents.
To the north is the plaza of the constitution.
In 2003, 30 years after the military coup, Ricardo Lagos decided to retrieve another lost traditionand order to rebuild the entrance of Morande 80, which was were the leaders residing in the builing who enter without receiving the honor guard. The remains of Salvador Allenden were taken through...
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