Some people say all the building numbers on the streets of St. Petersburg are counted from this spot. Though it’s not true (since 1834 the numbers start from the rivers and canals – with few exceptions), the whole idea is beautiful, as well as the building the story is about.
Before the times of emails, I used to keep a lot of paper correspondence and post offices were my favorite venues. I still visit the post offices to buy stamps for Postcrossing – and you can find unique Russian stamps here to put on your postcards in “philately” section (without added price, you pay just for what stamp is worth).
If you are a stamp collector always looking for interesting rare stamps, you may also want to visit “Marka” store in a nearby building (Pochtantsky per., 4, 10 am – 10 pm, after you entered the door, descend to the basement).
Central Post Office is beautiful: high ceilings, old interior, warm place with benches to get a little bit of rest after walking around the city. And it works 24 hours a day!