Central Post Office (Museo Postal), Santiago

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If you're interested in architecture or philately, visit Central Post Office (Museo Postal). Designed by Ricardo Brown, the French-style building with an ornate white facade still functions as a post office, but also features a postal museum. It was built in 1882 on the spot where Pedro de Valdivia, the founder of the capital city, had built his home centuries ago--and some of the original walls from his house are still standing today. Visit the museum portion of the building to acquaint yourself with Chile’s postal history, see different types of old communication equipment, and to view a large collection of interesting stamps from all over the world. For travelers who use our world travel planner, Santiago holidays become easier to arrange, with trips to the Central Post Office (Museo Postal) and other attractions mapped out and timetabled.
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  • August 9, 2017
    Nice building, great architecture and much history. I recommend going with guided tour to learn the history of the building.
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  • August 8, 2017
    Too careful and very clean and beautiful. Postcards from around the world, memories of the first Chilean matches, gorgeous gorgeous!
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  • August 8, 2017
    Since you will be next to the Cathedral and the Museum of national history, be sure to enjoy the architecture of this House that is practically a neighbor of the Cathedral, so interesting to know.
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