07 October 2016

I Visited a Beautiful Post Office


This is the main post office in the city of San Sebastián (Spain). It opened in 1909 as School of Arts, Library and City Museum. 


The architect was Domingo Aguirrebengoa, and its more remarkable feature is the frieze made by Daniel Zuloaga, one of the innovators of art pottery in Spain. The School was closed in the forties, and the building was restored to become the post office, which still is.



I don't know for the rest of services, but it offers a poor philatelic service. After 40 minutes waiting for the right postal worker (it seemed that nobody else could sell stamps or commemorative postcards), I left empty-handed.

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  1. Beautiful indeed! It made me think of the Philippine Post Office Central Building of beautiful neoclassical design -- which has been rumored to be for conversion into a hotel.

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    1. Is it the building that appears on these stamps? That would be a pity!

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    2. Yes, Eva! You're right. That's the building on the stamp.

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  2. Beautiful building, a pity about the level of service.

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    1. That was a real misadventure.

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  3. Beautiful building indeed. And the other way round compared to my country. Here all old post offices turn into (restaurants, offices, museums, appartments etcetera) while this building's purpose used to be something else and now is a post office!

    Seems that you and/or me and/or one of the other 'mail adventures'-fans should be working there :-)

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    1. Most post offices in Spain, as you know, are plain buildings. But in the main cities there are still some beauties like this. And of course I like to take pictures of them (even if it isn't the right time because of the sun!). I wouldn't mind to work there. I would be sure that everybody gets the stamps they wish!

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    2. I didn't notice the time of the day isn't optimal, regarding photography. It creates an unexpected beautiful detail: I love the cobalt blue reflection of the sky in the windows, they match well (according to my taste) with the dark brown (because of shade) wall, and the photo of the sunrising/sunsetting sun has a wonderful atmosphere!

      No doubt you (and I) would be good employees for the philatelic clients :-)

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