Viterbo. Post Office Palace

Viterbo. Post Office Palace

The Post Office Palace - Palazzo delle Poste in Viterbo dates back to 1936 and is a magnificent example of Fascist architecture designed by the architect Cesare Bazzani who chose a style that partly recalls some typical features of Viterbo. Like many structures of that period, it was built in part by demolishing some medieval houses and the 'bardelletto', the brothel.

This was a district where prostitution had been practiced since the Middle Ages and the nearby church of Santa Maria della Salute had been built precisely to accommodate women in search of redemption.

The building has two fundamental characteristics, a first level covered in peperino, which recalls the colors of the medieval city, and the two upper floors plastered that end with a slender frame in peperino.

The whole building also has important vertical stylistic signs that mark the large openings and culminate in a large 39-meter high tower with a clock. The clock still has a terracotta frame with the symbols of the zodiac and once on the façade there were also the signs of the fasces and the coat of arms of the royal house of Savoy.

On the façade you can still admire a bronze sculpture by Francesco Nagni dedicated to the telegraph while the one dedicated to the post office was removed and cast during the war. The central hall with coffered ceiling and polychrome marble floor is very beautiful. It should be noted that after the war the building was raised by one floor.

Written by:
Claudia Bettiol

Engineeer, futurist, joint founder of Energitismo and founder of Discoverplaces. Consultant for the development and promotion of the Touristic Development of Territories specialising in...

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