Correo Mayor of Mexico City
Lovers of tourism are aware of the importance of being communicated; the joy of sharing with others everything we’ve seen in our trips as well as the pride of showing them the memorable moments of inspiration that we have captured with our camera. For this reason, today we are writing to you from the interior of an exceptional monument that reminds us of one of the oldest means of communication created by human beings to remain in touch with each other.
The joy of receiving a letter is similar to the chills that run down our spine when we stand before an admirable work of architecture such as the Palacio de Correos in Mexico City. This building inaugurated in 1907 is a classic example of art nouveau, as well as a faithful witness of a time in which the most practical way to shorten distances between loved ones was by sending letters and postcards.
Located on Tacuba Street in Mexico’s Historic Downtown, this sand-colored monument mesmerizes passers-by. Its symmetric doors lead to the main entrance where the view is simply spectacular. Inside you can hear the rhythmic steps of people going to and fro trying to send their letters. Without doubt, this dance performed in an everyday scene makes the interior of the Palacio de Correos a place worth visiting.
Once in the interior you will find an ample hall framed by a pair of spiral stairways that ascend to the second floor. From there it is possible to make out the skylight made of colorful crystals that let the sunrays in. The balustrade is a work of art in itself, with its floral and geometric motifs, all of them and archetype of elegance.
The different colors one can find inside include several shades of beige combined with light yellow and gold. This fine selection is even more evident in the crystal chandeliers and the round lamps that ornate the view. Actually, the presence of electricity is of great importance in this site, because during the time in which it was built, streetlights and electricity constituted some of the most popular innovations.
The Palacio de Correos is not only an attraction in a destination, but the portrait of a vital human need: communication. Even nowadays the building maintains an open dialogue with every visitor because despite the boom in new technologies, studies reveal that writing and sending letters helps develop mental clarity and writing skills such as summarizing, developing a good writing style and, evidently, using proper spelling.
We fare thee well, dear reader, but not without suggesting that on your next vacation, you visit this magnificent place and, just like us, send a letter to another sybarite to share your experience.