One of the birthplaces of Irish freedom . It was headquarters of the 1916 rising . Still has bullets holes in the walls and columns today.
Sells stamps too lol.
Big Building. Post Office Inside. Irish History Outside. Demonstrations in front of it. If you haven"t seen it, you haven"t been to Dublin.
Yes it's steeped in History but you know it's also a post office. Handy for letters, parcels and other post officey business. Once I went in there for a particular type of envelope that they were supposed to have and they told me to try another post office. I left wondering how surely the supreme post office of all irish post offices wouldn't have what I needed.
It also opens later and longer than other post offices and is crazy busy at Christmas!
Dublin's GPO (General Post Office) is the stand out building on O'Connell Street. It is a normal run of the mill post office selling stamps, posting letters and parcels and all those other post office services on offer.
However, the great thing about our GPO are the bullet holes in the columns and the history surrounding the place. It was opened in 1818 and perched on the central 50ft balustrade are the symbolic figures of Hibernia, Fidelity and Mercury. In the window a bronze statue stands depicting the death of mythical Irish legend Cuchulainn serves as an allegorical commemoration of the Easter Rising.
Dublin's General Post Office (or GPO) is one of Dublin's top attractions. The impressive building on O'Connell Street is hard to miss: it takes up a whole block, has massive Greek columns and a large Irish flag hangs from the top.
Anyone living in Ireland should visit this historical site. It represents the country's fight for independence. You can still see the bullet holes in the columns outside after Irish nationalists and British forces fought in the 1916 Easter Rising. There's also a wonderful statue of the legendary warrior Cuchulainn that is dedicated to the Irish freedom fighters.
Besides being part of Irish history, the GPO offers all the regular services of a post office. If nothing else, visit this landmark to mail your bills and postcards.
I am a history GEEK!!!! I literally dork out on historical buildings every chance I get , so to me the fact I can get all of my postal needs taken care and be surrounded by a building which saw one of the many things in Irish history I am completely obsessed with in one fell swoop.... I'll take it.
What makes it an even better experience is the absolute beauty of the building both inside and out. So really you get post office, historical geekdome, and gorgeous architecture. God this place keeps getting cooler the more I think about it. Now if they just served coffee.....
The GPO is one of Ireland's most famous buildings, and was the last of the great Georgian public buildings erected in the capital. It is the headquarters of the Irish postal service, An Post, and Dublin's principal post office. I have often made a point of walking a little bit further than necessary just to experience the sheer splendour of this imposing post office when I could have easily gone somewhere less out of my way to post my letter. I can rarely resist the opportunity to undertake a task as commonplace as posting a letter within such extraordinary surroundings - adding a great sense of grandiose to things.
Extraordinarily, during the Easter Rising of 1916, the GPO served as the headquarters of the uprising's leaders. The assault by the British forces extensively damaged the building and it was not repaired until the Irish Free State government took up the task some years later. Intriguingly, the original columns outside are still pocked with bullet-marks. They provide an everlasting reminder of the important historical events that took place here. The historical significance of the GPO and the way the building has remained a symbol of Irish nationalism and Irish national history never fails to utterly enthrall me.
As others have said it is a must see for all tourists and locals just for the historical aspects of it.
The cool statue of Cuchulainn is worth a look and of course it is a post office. You can get stamps and mail your postcards home.
Love this old post office building. Go inside and check out the historic interior. They don't make buildings like this anymore. I was able to quickly purchase stamps here too for postcards to send home.
Inside they will post your letters for you. Visually it will impress you. And on the corner, the street preacher will help save your soul and is apparently a one person postal operation to send your soul to heaven. Amen.
There is so many reasons to visit the General Post Office- usually just called 'GPO'. The first reason, as others have already pointed out is the fact that it is the headquarters of An Post, the Irish postal service and the main post office in Dublin. There is also the historical significance of the GPO, which was used as a rebel stronghold during the 1916 Easter Rising. And thirdly there is the statue of Cuchulainn- the great Irish mythological hero- in the window of the GPO. A must- see for tourists.
This iconic building is one of the most famous in Dublin and represents Irish independence and freedom. The An Post (Ireland's postal service) headquarters are here in the General Post Office in Dublin, in the heart of O'Connell Street. This building has a ton of troubled history and if these walls could speak they would most certainly have great tales to tell. It has been host to many historic events for Dublin such as being the headquarters for the leaders of the Easter Rising (fight for Irish republicans with the aim to end British rule and establish the Republic of Ireland), to being the braodcasting studio of Radio Eireann, as well as being damaged by the British forces with bullet holes still intact! A must visit for Irish tourists.
Even though this is one of the obvious landmarks on any tourist's itinerary, I still find the GPO-awe insprining; especially with all the bulletholes and shrapnel-marks still visible in the main columns. It does remind of the fact that Ireland had to struggle to be born as an independent nation...
No need to pay in here, so a great recession friendly option! This is where the 1916 Rising's rebels had their headquarters. Things to note include the bullet holes that are sprayed across the facade as well as the statue of Cú Chullain,a sort ancient Irish Chuck Norris, which is in the window to commorate the rising. In order to fully understand this troubled chapter in Irish history, seeing the GPO is a must.
historical and beatifull building. stage for the great conflict in the early 1900's. Nice photo shoot.