Across Alameda from Palacio de La Moneda in Santiago is Plaza Bulnes. It’s easily noticeable by the massive Chilean flag that flies there. The plaza was a center of controversy for years beginning in 1975, when Augusto Pinochet placed an Eternal Flame of Liberty there. Many people tried to put out the flame but it wasn’t permanently extinguished until 2005 during renovations.
In the plaza are a few monuments and the tomb of Bernardo O’Higgins, one of the founding fathers of Chile. His remains were moved there by Pinochet in 1979. Unfortunately, the tomb was closed during my visits.
The plaza turns into a pedestrian street that runs for several blocks, Paseo Bulnes. It’s lined with cafés and restaurants.
On the day of my visit to Palacio de La Moneda, I was able to watch a military ceremony for the raising of the Chilean flag. There were soldiers from different branches of the military as well as carabineros.
Some police vehicles were also on display.