Communication is an integral part of the life of human beings who are social creatures. Post offices are important institutions that provide the communication needs of people for many years. These institutions, which ensure the smooth running of human life when technology is not so advanced, have a very long history. The term “post office” was first used in the 17th century, following the legalization of private postal services in England. In many parts of the world, magnificent structures where postal services are carried out have been built. In this article, we have listed the most beautiful post offices in the world.
The Sanquhar post office was opened in Dumfries along High Street in 1712. The post office was established in Scotland in 1712, five years after the union of Scotland and England. The Guinness Book of Records recognizes it as the oldest post office in the world. When it started the operation, the post office had no counter. In 1738 the post office began stamping mail and later introduced horses used to deliver letters and parcels. The post office was modernized in 1974 with the replacement of the handprint of a manually operated cancellation machine called the bacon slicer.
The Old Post Office is in Lynn, Massachusetts. The building consists of two floors and was built in 1897 for the city’s increasing needs. Made in the Colonial Revival style, the building has magnificent copper and sheathed domes. The building was enlarged in 1912 and has been used as an office building since the 1930s.
The two-story granite Art Moderne building was built in 1933. It has a central three-compartment entrance pavilion, slightly protruding from the front facade, with pilaster elements on both sides of this section and between its windows. There are wings with four sections on both sides of the entrance. The building occupies the entire width of a city block. Inside, the lobby area is richly colored, with multiple shades of marble used on the floors and decorative wall and ceiling elements. It also retains several original features such as desks and lighting fixtures. The building was listed in the National Register of Historic Places in 2002.
Port Lockroy belongs to Great Britain and can only be reached by ship. The Port Lockroy site was first discovered by French polar explorers in 1903. Port Lockroy is the UK’s most southerly public Post Office – affectionately known as the Penguin Post Office. Applications are received from all over the world for those who want to work at the post office.
Spiti Valley in the Himalaya Mountains in northern India is one of the world’s highest inhabited areas. With its bare mountains, dangerous gorges, and exuberant rivers, this high valley seems to belong to another world with its abandoned appearance. Hikkim Post Office serving here at an altitude of 4400 meters is the only connection of the region with the outside world. Villagers come here to mail letters and deposit money in their bank accounts.
The construction of The Old Post Office began in 1892 and took 7 years. The post office is located on Pennsylvania Avenue NW in Washington. Old Post Office Pavilion is listed in the National Register of Historic Places as the Old Post Office and Clock Tower.
The Grand Post Office in Sirkeci, one of Istanbul’s symbolic buildings, draws attention with its 116-year history, splendor, and architecture. It is Turkey’s largest post office building. The post office building, located in the historical peninsula, the heart of Istanbul, is one of the important structures that have witnessed history. Important historical places such as Hagia Sophia, Sultanahmet, Yeni Mosque, and Spice Bazaar surround this vital building in Sirkeci.
Grand Sirkeci Hotel is located opposite the Grand Post Office in this place where the cultural and historical texture of the city is felt to the end. You can experience the old Istanbul in Grand Sirkeci, which offers comfortable and luxurious opportunities in Sirkeci, which is the first stop and stopover point of tourists who flock to the city. When you step out of this hotel, which is located in the middle of the city’s most important cultural structures, you will find yourself walking through the historic streets. You will make your Istanbul trip the best way by completing the day in this pleasant place that combines traditional and modern.