The word “post” is believed to be derived from “apostolic” letters sent by the Apostles to Christian communities in the early days of Christianity.
By the Middle Ages, all major abbeys had a de facto postal service in place and could send handwritten letters through messengers that reached their destination by horse or by foot.
The Vatican introduced stamps in 1852 shortly after they were pioneered in England.
Vatican stamps were recognised by the symbol of the Holy See,the papal tiara and two crossed keys.
From February 1929 all Papal mail was sorted by the newly established “Poste Vaticane” via its iconic yellow mail boxes.
Today, all letters and packages sent to and from the Vatican are still managed by the nearly 100-years-old Poste Vaticane.