Edificio de Correos in Santiago, Chile.

Edificio de Correos (Post mail office) in Santiago, Chile.

Edificio de Correos (Post mail office) in Santiago, Chile.

To the North flank of the Plaza de Armas in downtown Santiago, in the corner of the Puente and Cathedral streets, is the Edificio de Correos (Post mail office of Santiago), declared national monument. It occupies the plot where the first house of the rising city was built, the house of the Conqueror of Chile Pedro de Valdivia. During the Colony it was house of the Governors and from Independence (1810), of the Chileans Presidents to 1846, when Manuel Bulnes transferred the government seat and the presidential residence to the current Palacio de la Moneda, time after the building caught fire. However, some of its walls were in standing and were used by the architect Ricardo Brown, in 1882, for the construction of a building specially designed for the Central Mail, in beautiful neoclassic style. In 1908, in preparation for the commemoration of the first centenary of Independence, the architect Ramon Feherman added it a third floor, with a cupola and one attic, giving it the French neoclassic style that shines nowadays.

Postal and Telegraphic Museum

In the first floor of the Mail office is placed an interesting Postal and Telegraphic Museum with elements of postal history of the telegraph and Chilean and world-wide philately. The schedule is from Monday to Friday from 9 to 17:30 hours, during all year. The entrance is free.