The Palacio de La Moneda (Spanish "The Mint Palace"), is the present seat of the President of the Republic of Chile. It is one of the most notable buildings constructed by the Spanish crown in its American colonies. It is located at the heart of the capital Santiago.
The Palacio de La Moneda, originally a colonial mint (moneda means coin), was designed by Italian architect Joaquín Toesca. Construction began in 1784 and was opened in 1805, while still under construction.
In June, 1845 during president Manuel Bulnes's administration, it became the seat of government and presidential residence. In 1930, a public square was built in front of the palace, the Plaza de la Constitución (Constitution Square). It ceased to be the presidential residence after the presidency of Gabriel González Videla.
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