This stately-looking building, represents the official seat of the Chilean government. Built in 1784 by Joaqu Toesca y Ricci, it was originally the National Mint, hence its name: the Coin Palace. From 1848 onwards it was transformed into the presidential residence and government headquarters. After the infamous bombing of 11 of September 1973, the palace was all but gutted by fire, and had to be extensively re-built during the first years of the military dictatorship. In one of the first decrees of the present Head of State, President Ricardo Lagos Escobar, the courtyards of the palace were once more opened up to public access. The measure has been warmly received by the local populace, who cross through the building, toss coins into the ornate fountain in the Orange Grove Patio, and occasionally, bump into the actual president himself as he goes about his business.
- Open Hours: Monday to Sunday from 10:00 AM to 06:00 PM
Attractions & Landmarks
- Nearest Train: Moneda