Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Enduring symbol

The facade of the main Post Office at Place de la Poste
Whilst I'm talking about the Post Office area, how about some photos of the Post Office itself. Built in at the very end of the 19th century I believe under the supervision of Daniel Fabre, on some old postcards its shown as the Hotel des Postes though I haven't been able to find out if it was a hotel before becoming a Post Office or vice versa. I'm hoping the Heritage Mission can help me on that one. Over the years its been renovated, wings added and much of the original building altered though it's still a great example of colonial architecture in the former administrative center of the city and an enduring symbol. And you can still use it to send your postcards. I get some items sent to me via my company's PO Box number which comes via the post office though I reckon about half of my incoming post goes missing. The area in front of the post office would be a great place for a pedestrian zone and I'm kicking off a campaign to beautify the capital with its first real 'no cars' zone.
The post office seen from the 1st floor of the old Manolis Hotel
The post office in all its glory, including its wings which were added after its original construction
From the top floor of the old Manolis Hotel, a birds-eye view of the post office
The post office clock and facade
The post office has been renovated on a few occasions, the last time in 2004

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