Established in 1712 it is said to be the oldest continuously operating post office in the world as recognized by the Universal Postal Union and the Guinness Book of Records. It has been operating continuously for more than 300 years, eight years longer than its closest rival, in the Swedish capital Stockholm. The third oldest, in Santiago, Chile, opened a full 60 years after the office in Sanquhar.
Back then, the mail was delivered by “runners” who would use the post office as a “change-house” to rest, switch horses, and exchange mail bags before continuing their deliveries.
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