Tuesday, 14 October 2014

Plaza de la Constitución and General Pinochet, Santiago de Chile

Many of the buildings on Plaza de la Constitución were being restored but we got an impression of this important square in the Chilean history. Today most of the ministries and the Presidential Palace are located here.

It was in this palace that President Allende committed suicide in 1973. General Augusto Pinochet took control of the country with military force. The troops and tanks stood in front of the Presidential Palace but the President did not surrender. General Pinochet ordered the Chilean air force to bombard the palace and they did. President Allende took his faith in his own hands.

Veel gebouwen op Plaza de la Constitución ondergingen restoratie maar toch kregen we een indruk van dit belangrijke plein uit de Chileense geschiedenis. Vandaag staan hier de ministeriële gebouwen en het Presidentieel paleis. 

Het was in dit paleis dat President Allende zelfmoord pleegde tijdens de staatsgreep van 1973. Generaal Augusto Pinochet nam het land over met militair geweld. De troepen en tanks stonden voor het paleis maar de President wou zich niet overgeven. Generaal Pinochet beval de luchtmacht het paleis te bombarderen en dit geschiedde. President Allende nam zijn eigen lot in handen. 
 
Plaza de la Constitución Santiago de Chile

Plaza de la Constitución Santiago de Chile

Plaza de la Constitución Santiago de Chile

Plaza de la Constitución Santiago de Chile

Plaza de la Constitución Santiago de Chile

Plaza de la Constitución Santiago de Chile

Plaza de la Constitución Santiago de Chile

Plaza de la Constitución Santiago de Chile

Plaza de la Constitución Santiago de Chile

Plaza de la Constitución Santiago de Chile

Plaza de la Constitución Santiago de Chile

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5 comments:

  1. Some of my favorite books are by Isabel Allende. She was his daughter I think. But I know she was closely related.

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  2. Didn't know about the president, but I know a little of Pinochet

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  3. That's a very nice building,
    Poor tormented man taking his life, so sad...and I feel for that person on the seat there too.

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  4. Oh my, quite an evoking post today. Your photos are lovely and very telling, interesting captures.

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  5. je hebt ons weer een mooi indruk gegeven Filip. Fijne avond, Dietmut

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