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A window to La MonedaScenographic recreations
of two scenes of the history
Through a selection of heritage objects, the exhibition accounts for the building designed by Roman architect Joaquín Toesca to be the minting factory which, after becoming the Government palace two hundred years later, transformed into the centre point of Santiago’s Civic District.
Scenographic recreations of two scenes of the history of La Moneda Palace will be exhibited at Centro Cultural La Moneda’s Heritage Gallery. The first begins in the midst of Colonialism, with Francisco García Huidobro’s proposal in 1743, which committed to the creation of the Casa de Moneda free of cost for the Spanish Royal Treasury. Forty years later, Italian architect Joaquín Toesca designed the iconic building with limited resources, bearing in mind the Chilean territory’s seismic reality. The construction spans the period between 1784 and 1805, year in which it started operating as a minting factory, key to facilitate the territory’s economic autonomy. Four decades later, Chile being a newly independent country, President Manuel Bulnes Prieto decides to move the House of Government- that was in Plaza de Armas- to Casa de Moneda.
The second scene addressed by the exhibition spans the period that begins in 1846 and ends in the years 1930 and 1940, with the series of transformations that gave shape to Santiago’s Civic District, with La Moneda as its main axis. The process began with the construction of the palace’s Southern façade, which overlooks Alameda Avenue. This exit to the capital’s most important avenue gave way to the configuration of the palace’s current surroundings, which coexist North with Constitución Square, and South with Bulnes Avenue.
Objects and photographs of the palace’s halls, together with the blueprints that allow bringing Toesca’s original idea closer, will be exhibited in A Window to La Moneda, providing an overview of the House of Government.