Palacio de la Moneda or simply La Moneda, is the seat of the President of the Republic of Chile. It also houses the offices of three cabinet ministers: Interior, General Secretariat of the Presidency and General Secretariat of the Government. It occupies an entire block in downtown Santiago, in the area known as Civic District.
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. The production of coins in Chile took place at La Moneda from 1814 to 1929.