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 cityLahore
CountryPakistan
Completed1887

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] and was built near the shrine of the 17th century saint Shah Chiragh.

GPO was built near the shrine of Shah Chiragh, who was a prominent saint during the Shah Jahan era.[7]

Building[edit]

The building consists of two main halls and two minarets.[8]

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. 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. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 18 October 2012. Retrieved 1 August 2012.
  7. ^ Latif, Syad Muhammad (1892). Lahore: Its History, Architectural Remains and Antiquities: With an Account of Its Modern Institutions, Inhabitants, Their Trade, Customs, &c. Printed at the New Imperial Press.
  8. ^ Ahmad, Issam, The post-colonial hangover in The Review, Dawn. 9–15 October 2008 pg 18

Coordinates: 31°33′57″N 74°18′48″E / 31.5657°N 74.3133°E / 31.5657; 74.3133