General Post Office, Lahore

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General Post Office (GPO)
GPO Mall Road Lahore.jpg
Nighttime photo of Mall Road GPO
General information
Town or city Lahore
Country Pakistan
Completed 1887

The General Post Office (abbreviated: GPO) is the main post office in Lahore, Pakistan. Located at GPO Chowk on Mall Road (Shahrah-e-Quaid-e-Azam) near Anarkali, the GPO is Pakistan's largest.[1] On average, it handles 20,000 pieces of mail per day.[2]

History[edit]

It was built in 1887 to commemorate Queen Victoria's Golden Jubilee[3] and replaced the telegraph office of Anarkali Bazar.[4] The building was designed and built by Sir Ganga Ram, one of the leading architects of that time.[5][6]

Building[edit]

The building consists of two main halls and two minarates.[7]

Conservation[edit]

It was the first British era building to be conserved in the city. The work was carried out by Yasmeen Lari and Associations.[8]

Stamp[edit]

On 21 August 1996, the Post Office issued a stamp commemorating its restoration.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Ahmad, Issam, The post-colonial hangover in The Review, Dawn. 9–15 October 2008 pg 18
  2. ^ Ahmad, Issam, The post-colonial hangover in The Review, Dawn. 9–15 October 2008 pg 18
  3. ^ General Post Office, Lahore 360. Retrieved 30 June 2010
  4. ^ Ahmad, Issam, The post-colonial hangover in The Review, Dawn. 9–15 October 2008 pg 18
  5. ^ http://lahorenama.wordpress.com/2009/01/16/sir-ganga-ram-a-brilliant-man-of-punjab/
  6. ^ http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=story_13-9-2005_pg7_21
  7. ^ Ahmad, Issam, The post-colonial hangover in The Review, Dawn. 9–15 October 2008 pg 18
  8. ^ Urbanpk.com Retrieved 30 June 2010.