My Attempt To Photograph
The Central Post Office Building

Marvin Lanahan –

In September of 2022, I was able to spend several days visiting Vatican City. One of the top things on the to-do list was to get a good photograph of the Vatican Central Post Office building. I carefully mapped out the location and knew exactly where the building was located, just down the street from St. Anne's gate which is to the north side of St. Peter's Square, outside the colonnade. (building 21 on the map below).

I was able to find St. Ann's gate and attempted to walk toward the Central Post Office. I was quickly approached by a Swiss Guard who told me that I would not be allowed to enter this street. I pleaded to be allowed to go down the street only to photograph the post office building but was sternly told that it would not be allowed. No reason was provided. So, the best picture of the Vatican Central Post Office I could get is shown below. Looking at the trees, beyond the building on the second block, I think that the post office should be about there (which is in the third block of the street pictured and is not seen).

I was able to locate a Vatican postal box along this street (below the building awning of the building in the second block) and, using a zoom lens, got several photographs.

I was disappointed not to be able to photograph the Central Post Office building when visiting Vatican City. If anyone has some good photos of the building please send them to me.

The map of the post office location came from the book General Guide To The Vatican City which I purchased while visiting the Vatican Museum. It also had a photograph of the Vatican Central Post Office (shown below).

The Vatican Central Post Office building was first constructed by Giuseppe Momo in 1933. Giuseppe Momo (1875–1940) was an Italian architect and engineer who is best known for the Bramante Staircase in the Vatican Museums. When constructed in 1933, the Central Post Office building had only a ground floor and a basement with a three-ached facade separated by ashlar pillars. Under Pope John XXIII the building was transformed into the multistory building as it is seen today.