With the advancement of technology, the trend of dropping mails might appear to be dying the slow death but the fact remains that it is till date the best means of communication.
We all no matter how technologically advanced we are, we still go to the post offices to deliver or get our mails. Post offices offer mail-related services like post office boxes, postage, receipt, sorting, handling, transmission or delivery of mail all take place that too in the systematic order to let people communicate and send messages the safe way.
Not only the proper mail services are offered at the post offices; some post offices offer non-postal services such as passport applications and other government forms, car tax purchase, money orders, and banking services.
In Commonwealth countries, many of the larger post office buildings in capital cities used the official title of General Post Office. There are lot many countries around the globe that have the post offices worth a visit for not just one reason but for another good reason that these have become the attractions that give the visual appeal.
Here, we have listed 10 of the world’s most remarkable post offices that you all would anyday want to visit not for dropping your mails instead to check them out and see what makes them stand apart from the crowd of usual post offices all over. For now sneak a peek at these amazing post offices around the world.
1. Boat Post Office, Michigan
Michigan is the only place in the world that has a floating post office. The J. W. Westcott II is the boat that delivers mail to ships while they are still underway. It’s been long 125 years since the mails are being delivered this way!
2. Post Office Bay, Floreana Island, Galapagos, Ecuador
In 1793 British Captain James Colnett placed an empty wooden post barrel on the island and it became the post office. Mails can be left in the barrel it is delivered easily.
3. U.S. Post Office, Christmas, Florida
To get the Christmas cards postmarked people from all around the world gather at the US Post Office, Florida! It’s a must visit place when in Florida.
4. Vanuatu Post’s Underwater Post Office, Republic of Vanuatu
Located three meters beneath the ocean’s surface and fifty meters from shore, underwater post office is accessible to even those who are not professional scuba divers. Just carry your snorkel and mask and you can easily reach the post office.
5. Austrian Postal Savings Bank, Vienna, Austria
Demonstrating the Art Nouveau master Otto Wagner’s first foray into modern architecture, the Austrian Postal Savings Bank has a famous atrium along with the in-house museum that catches the attention of the spectators leaving them amazed.
6. Port Lockroy, Antarctica
Antarctica is the dream destination of lot many people. Despite its off-the-beaten path location, it has a an impressive post office and the fact remains that around 70,000 cards a year from over 100 countries are posted. Mail usually takes 2-6 weeks to arrive and there is no overnight shipping available.
7. Eiffel Tower Paris, France
Think Paris and you instantly think of the Eiffel Tower. Did you all know that on the ground floor of La Tour Eiffel is a small post office? The special Eiffel Tower postmark on all your postcards is pretty impressive. Even if you are the one who is afraid of heights, it is worth a visit.
8. Washington Park and Oregon Zoo, Portland, Oregon
The Washington Park and Oregon Zoo has a post office in the form of rail. It is the last operating United States railroad with its own authorized railway postal cancellation to continuously offer mail service.
9. Polish Post Museum, Gdansk, Poland
Polish Post Museum as the name hints post office-turned-museum. If you plan a trip to Poland, it’s worth a visit for its historical value. Here you would not just be able to drop the mail instead be prepared to learn about more than just the mail; the museum has amazing exhibits that relate mostly to the German assault on the building during WWII.
10. Post Office of Mardin, Turkey
The post office in Mardin is worth a visit if you happen to be in Turkey. Believe me you don’t have to carry a mail or find some reason to check out the post office. The stunning 17th-century palace looks like a movie set and is truly an architectural marvel.