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Italy's most beautiful Post Office

After Papal Rome fell to the forces of the Kingdom of Italy - in the autumn of 1870 -
it was inevitable that the city would eventually replace Florence as the newly-united
country's capital.... and, to solve the problem of housing its many institutions, the
government quickly began expropriating premises held by the various religious orders.

Amongst these was an enormous Clarisse convent - attached to the church of San Silvestro
a Capite - which was adapted by Giovanni Malvezzi, with a neo-Renaissance facade by
Luigi Rosso featuring, at first floor level, a run of grand windows - each of them split
into two and adorned with the panels featuring royal and state dignitaries.

On completion in 1879, it opened as Rome's central post office - "Palazzo delle Poste
e Telegrafi" (the "Palace of Post and Telegraphs") - to huge popular acclaim for being
'the most beautiful in the country'.

[Although there are no notices to warn that photography is forbidden, we were all but
chased from the building when taking these - hence the incomplete coverage!]
Exterior - next to San Silvestro
Exterior - next to San Silvestro
Only short queues at each counter
Only short queues at each counter
To whom it may concern...
To whom it may concern...
Memorial to staff who fell in WW1
Memorial to staff who fell in WW1
View back out to the piazza
View back out to the piazza
Piazza San Silvestro, as seen by GoogleMaps...
Piazza San Silvestro, as seen by GoogleMaps...