SANTIAGO, Chile -- The shattered left eyeglass of socialist President Salvador Allende, rescued from the bombed ruins of the national palace and now on display in Chile's national history museum, is a testament to the brutality of Chile's own 9-11.

On that day in 1973, Gen. Augusto Pinochet seized power in a military coup that prompted Allende to commit suicide rather than surrender, ending Chile's experiment with nonviolent revolution.

As Chile marks Wednesday's 40th anniversary of the beginning of its long dictatorship, Allende is receiving tributes for his idealism, courage and sacrifice, while Pinochet is mostly loathed for his human rights crimes and corruption.

But Pinochet still has his loyalists, and even his own museum in an upscale neighborhood of Santiago. Visitors can see the throne-like chair that the strongman, who once compared himself to the greatest Roman emperors, used to watch TV after he lost power. The dictator's uniforms, medals and black beret, even his large collection of toy soldiers, representing the different branches of Chile's military, are also on display.

On another side of Chile's capital, visitors to the Allende Foundation can see photographs of Allende's days as a young physician and his Socialist Party identification card. Postal stamps, copper engravings with his image and his presidential sash are also here, along with curiosities such as his wallet, his watch and a handwritten letter by his friend Fidel Castro dated exactly two years before Allende took his life with an assault rifle the Cuban leader gave him.

Here's a gallery of images from Allende and Pinochet's personal objects and memorabilia.

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  • Augosto Pinochet, Salvador Allende

    FILE - In this Aug. 23, 1973 file photo, Chilean Gen. Augusto Pinochet, left, and President Salvador Allende attend a ceremony naming Pinochet as commander in chief of the Army. As Chile marks the 40th anniversary of the coup led by Gen. Augusto Pinochet overthrowing Allende, on Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2013, Allende's legacy is thriving. A socialist is poised to reclaim the presidency and a new generation, born after the return to democracy in 1990 has taken to the streets in vast numbers to demand the sort of social goals Allende promoted. (AP Photo/Enrique Aracena, File)

  • In this Aug. 26, 2013 photo, National Museum worker Gregory Ortega shows the broken eyeglasses of Chile's late President Salvador Allende in Santiago, Chile. The shattered left eyeglass of Allende, rescued from the bombed ruins of the national palace in 1973, remains as mute testimony to the brutality of Chile’s own 9-11. Chile is marking the 40th anniversary of Gen. Augusto Pinochet's Sept. 11, 1973 military coup. (AP Photo/Luis Andres Henao)

  • In this Aug. 2, 2013 photo, the uniform and presidential sash worn by Chile's late dictator Gen. Augusto Pinochet lay on display at the Pinochet foundation, where he kept an office after stepping down in 1990, in Santiago, Chile. Pinochet, who ruled Chile from 1973 to 1990, died under house arrest, without ever being tried, despite charges of illegal enrichment and human rights violations. Chile is marking the 40th anniversary of Pinochet's Sept. 11, 1973 military coup. (AP Photo/Luis Andres Henao)

  • In this Sept. 7, 2013 photo, a plastic figurine of Chile's former President Salvador Allende stands on a desk at the Allende foundation and museum in Santiago, Chile. Allende's death on Sept. 11, 1973 marked the end of Chile’s experiment with a nonviolent revolution and the start of a 17-year dictatorship. (AP Photo/Luis Andres Henao)

  • In this Sept. 9, 2013 photo, a copper image of Chile's late President Salvador Allende is displayed at the Allende foundation and museum in Santiago, Chile. The Allende foundation gives visitors the chance to get closer to the democratically elected socialist president through photographs of his days as a young physician or his socialist party identification card. (AP Photo/Luis Andres Henao)

  • In this Sept. 7, 2013 photo, the presidential sash of Chile's late President Salvador Allende sits on display at the Allende foundation and museum in Santiago, Chile. As Chile marks the 40th anniversary of the coup on Sept. 11, 2013, Allende is paid tribute for his idealism, courage and sacrifice. (AP Photo/Luis Andres Henao)

  • In this Sept. 7, 2013 photo, a handwritten letter by Cuba's Fidel Castro dated Sept. 11, 1971, addressed to Chile's President Salvador Allende regarding the planning of Castro's upcoming visit to Chile, sits on display at the Allende foundation and museum in Santiago, Chile. Objects at the Allende museum include his wallet, his watch and this letter by his friend Fidel Castro, dated exactly two years before Allende took his life with an assault rifle given to him by the Cuban leader. (AP Photo/Luis Andres Henao)

  • In this Sept. 7, 2013 photo, a photograph of Salvador Allende, left, working as a physician is on exhibit at the Allende foundation and museum in Santiago, Chile. As Chile marks the 40th anniversary of the coup on Sept. 11, 2013, Allende is paid tribute for his idealism, courage and sacrifice, while Gen. Augusto Pinochet is mostly loathed for his human rights crimes and corruption. (AP Photo/Luis Andres Henao)

  • In this Sept. 7, 2013 photo, the Socialist Party identification card of Chile's late President Salvador Allende stands on display at the Allende foundation and museum in Santiago, Chile. The day Allende died, Sept. 11, 1973, marked the end of Chile’s experiment with a nonviolent revolution and the start of a 17-year dictatorship. (AP Photo/Luis Andres Henao)

  • In this Sept. 7, 2013 photo, a postal stamp decorated with the image of Chile's late President Salvador Allende sits on display at the Allende foundation and museum in Santiago, Chile. On Sept. 11, 1973, Gen. Augusto Pinochet seized power in a military coup that prompted Allende to commit suicide rather than surrender. (AP Photo/Luis Andres Henao)

  • In this Aug. 2, 2013 photo, toy soldiers representing Chile's northern army, which belonged to Chile's late dictator Gen. Augusto Pinochet, stand at his foundation where he kept an office after stepping down in 1990, in Santiago, Chile. The foundation is also a museum that displays Pinochet's uniforms and medals and even his large collection of toy soldiers. (AP Photo/Luis Andres Henao)

  • In this Sept. 7, 2013 photo, a wristwatch that belonged to Chile's late President Salvador Allende lays on display at the Allende foundation and museum in Santiago, Chile. The Allende foundation gives visitors the chance to get closer to the president through photographs of his days as a young physician or his socialist party identification card. Postal stamps, copper engravings with his image and his presidential sash can also be found here. (AP Photo/Luis Andres Henao)

  • In this Aug. 2, 2013 photo, a leather notebook that belonged to Chile's late dictator Gen. Augusto Pinochet sits on a desk at his foundation, which today is also a museum in Santiago, Chile. Pinochet kept an office at the foundation after he stepped down in 1990, after loosing a referendum in 1988. (AP Photo/Luis Andres Henao)

  • In this Aug. 2, 2013 photo, the office of Chile's late dictator Gen. Augusto Pinochet is left untouched at his foundation, where he kept an office after stepping down in 1990, in Santiago, Chile. Today the Pinochet foundation also serves as a museum and awards college scholarships. (AP Photo/Luis Andres Henao)

  • In this Aug. 2, 2013 photo, a chair decorated with Chile’s coat of arms sits next to a vault at the former office of Chile's late dictator Gen. Augusto Pinochet at the Pinochet foundation in Santiago, Chile. After he stepped down from power in 1990, Pinochet used to use this chair to watch TV. Pinochet later died in 2006 under house arrest, without ever being tried, despite charges of illegal enrichment and human rights violations. (AP Photo/Luis Andres Henao)

  • Jaime Hernandez

    In this Aug. 24, 2013 photo, farmer Jaime Hernandez, 66, shows his presidential guard identification card, in Santiago, Chile. Hernandez is part of the legendary GAP, or Group of Personal Friends of the President, who stayed until the end with with the 'Doctor' as they respectfully still call Allende. Members of the GAP miraculously came out alive after witnessing the violent hours of the assault on the presidential palace during the Sept. 11, 1973 military coup led by Gen. Augusto Pinochet that toppled the socialist president. (AP Photo/Luis Hidalgo)

  • In this Aug. 2, 2013 photo, busts of Chile's late dictator Gen. Augusto Pinochet stand on display at the entrance of the Pinochet foundation in Santiago, Chile. As Chile marks the 40th anniversary of the coup, on Sept. 11, 2013, Chile's late President Salvador Allende is paid tribute for his idealism, courage and sacrifice while most Chileans loathe Pinochet for his human rights crimes. (AP Photo/Luis Andres Henao)