Palace of the Post (Palazzo delle Poste), Catania
To the left of the main entrance to the Villa Bellini Park is the monumental building of the Central post office of Catania, which is known as the Palace of the Post.
The project is notable primarily for the fact that it was designed specifically for the needs of the post office and consists of two parts: the outer ring has beautiful facades on three streets and is intended for operating rooms, their area exceeds a thousand square meters. The upper floors are occupied by administrative offices. In the courtyard there is a technical building that houses sorting and delivery services.
The project was designed by architect Francesco Fichera in 1919, but construction took ten years. The Post office Palace was inaugurated by King Vittorio Emanuele III on May 30, 1929.
The facades of the building are richly decorated with elements of natural white stone and a large number of bas reliefs.
The decor combines antique images with symbols of the industrial era. On the sandricks of the Windows you can see a locomotive wheel with a connecting rod, meaning the delivery of mail by railway transport, and above it medallions with images of characters from Greek mythology.
One of the windows above the main entrance is decorated with Lictor bundles and telegraph wires on insulators.
Above the side portal facing Etnea street, you can see a kind of flowerpot, on which there are post stamps instead of flowers.