O'Connell Street , Dublin 1

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About GPO

GPO is located at O'Connell Street in Dublin 1.

The GPO or General Post Office in Dublin is the headquarters of An Post, the Irish postal service.

It was built between 1814-1818, to designs by Francis Johnston and is the last of the great Georgian public buildings erected in the city. It is constructed entirely of granite except the ionic portico which is of Portland stone. On the acroteria of the pediment above the portico are three statues; Fidelity on the left, Hibernia in the centre and Mercury on the right> The statues were designed by John Symth.

The GPO is possibly Ireland's most famous buidling as it was the headquarters of Ireland's freedom fighters during the 1916 Easter Rising. The building was extensively damaged by British forces, some of which can still be seen. While the Rising itself failed, it was probably the single most important act against British occupation in this period of Irish history that eventually gave birth to the Irish Free State in 1922. For this reason the building has always been symbolic of Irish Natioanlism. Today an original copy of the Proclamation of the Irish Republic is on permanent display in the GPO philatelic office.

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