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La Moneda is where Chile’s presidents and highest officials work, making it a highly secured and important landmark in Chile. On September 11, 1973, General Augusto Pinochet took control of Chile with an attack on La Moneda. Early in the morning, soldiers began surrounding the building and Allende eventually ordered everyone in the building to leave. He knew what was about to happen and didn’t want anyone else to be killed. He himself, however, accepted his fate and spoke his last address to the Chilean people via radio broadcast. His famous words were the following: “These are my last words, and I am certain that my sacrifice will not be in vain, I am certain that, at the very least, it will be a moral lesson that will punish felony, cowardice, and treason...” At some point that afternoon, Allende shot himself inside La Moneda as a sacrifice to his country. La Moneda has been rebuilt since it was bombed by fighter jets in 1973, but the historical significance of this landmark should never be forgotten. It is still used as the presidential office today. (