Palacio de La Moneda was declared National Monument in 1951. It is the seat of the government of Chile and is placed downtown Santiago, located between Moneda (North Side), Morandé (East), Alameda del Libertador Bernardo O’Higgins (South) and Teatinos street(West).
The works began in 1784 under the direction of the architect Joaquin Toesca y Ricci. It was the greatest building constructed by Spanish Corona in its colonies during XVIII century. Its construction delayed 15 years (1784- 1799). Toesca died in 1799, without seeing it finished,the engineer Agustín Cavallero pursued his task.
After Independence, in 1846, the President Manuel Bulnes arranged it like residence of the Presidents of Chile until 1958. Today it is rejuvenated according to the original style of Toesca and is the Palace of Government and seat of the Presidency of the Republic.
After the bombing of 1973, the House of the Moneda was with serious damages in its infrastructure. In order to solve the problem the greatest restoration begins and finished in 1981.
From the 2000 year its inner yards can be crossed. The entrance is by the North door and is open from Monday to Sunday of 10 to 18 hours. The Palacio de La Moneda has a program of free guided visits in Spanish from Monday to Friday, where you can see the Patios of the Naranjos (orange trees) and the Cannons, the O’Higgins, Montt-Varas and Pedro de Valdivia halls and the Chapel. All the routes are subject to modifications, not announced, depending on official events of the government authorities.
The guided visits must be requested, with 15 days of anticipation during March and April and with a month of anticipation the rest of the year.
Nearby attractive sightings:
Plaza de la Constitucion, an ample cleared public space that it frames to the Moneda by the north. Between 10 and 10:30 hours, the change of the Guard of the Palace takes place.
The surroundings of the square are occupied by important buildings, the majority constructed prior to the Civic District. In Teatinos corner Moneda Street, it is the Treasury Ministry (1933) and in the same street, corner Agustinas, the Chancellery, occupy the building of the ex- Carrera Hotel (1934), both works of the architect Solar Smith. In Agustinas street stands La Nation Newspaper, property of the government and in corner with Morande Street, the building of the South American Bank (1930) of Art Deco style. In the orients flank of the square – Agustinas with Morande – also is the imposing and monolithic Banco Central (1927) and, in the corner of Moneda street (South sidewalk), is the seat of the ex- Illustrated Newspaper, declared national monument, of 1914, present seat of Metropolitan Intendance; it has hall of access with an imposing scale crowned by a cupola with stain glasses.
To arrive by car in case you have rent a car to travel in Santiago, you can park in the underground parkings placed right next to the Centro Cultural La Moneda, the access is through Teatinos street. Notice that while you are descending (opposite direction to the mountains) through the Alameda Avenue you can’t turn right.