Landmark n°6 : Plaza de la Constitución (Constitution Square)

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Landmark n°6. Plaza de la Constitución (Constitution Square)

Landmark n°6. Plaza de la Constitución (Constitution Square)
Landmark n°6. Plaza de la Constitución (Constitution Square)

Located in the northern entrance of La Moneda Palace, the current Constitution Square used to be a part of the original layout of the city, occupying this block and its surroundings. Around the square we could find the residences of Manuel Blanco Encalada, first Chilean president of Chile, and the heroes of Independence José Miguel Carrera and Manuel Rodríguez.

In 1930 a long transformation of the palace surroundings took place. The project intended to give greater prominence to the seat of government, stressing the importance of the executive branch after a prolonged period of parliamentary rule. The square was planned as a part of the “Civic District”, designed by Austrian urban planner Karl Brunner, who concentrated ministries and major public buildings in this area. The square that was born from this remodeling effort became the scene of various social events, political rallies and official ceremonies. In the 1980s, it acquired its current design with the construction of the triangle facing the palace.

For the 1973 military coup against the government of Salvador Allende, amid the fighting a stray bullet struck the left cheek of the face of the statue of Diego Portales. The striking coincidence is that Portales was shot in the same way: by a bullet on his face. 

Trivia

For the 1973 military coup against the government of Salvador Allende, amid the fighting a stray bullet struck the left cheek of the face of the statue of Diego Portales. The striking coincidence is that Portales was shot in the same way: by a bullet on his face. 

Address: Moneda 1069

Services : Access for people with reduced mobility: there are two ramps on the corner of Moneda and Morandé streets and on the corner of Teatinos and Moneda streets.

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