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Palais Ideal du Facteur Cheval, Hauterives

Categories: Monuments, Architectural Buildings, Tourist Spots
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One day a French postman, Ferdinand Cheval, had a dream of building the perfect palace. He woke up the next morning and began his mammoth task. Thirty three years later, Palais Ideal du Facteur Cheval stands as the bizarre and remarkable obsession of one simple man. The mainstream art world dubs the palace outsider artwork that should be viewed as a curiosity. Curiosity or legitimate architecture, the sheer magnitude of the project will impress you. The design includes hand-carved images of women and men among fantastical trees, storks sitting atop columns dripping with Gaudi-esque whimsy, and tiny details all emulating nature with a rough, untrained hand. It's no mistake that you’re reminded of Picasso and Max Ernst as you wander through the palace's corridors, both these artists took inspiration from Cheval's masterpiece. See Palais Ideal du Facteur Cheval and all Hauterives has to offer by arranging your trip with our Hauterives trip generator.
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  • fabulous piece by one man for 33 years! how clever for someone who wasn't an architect! you take full eyes!
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  • We were expecting something else, a little disappointed by this monument, the Museum of the factor horse is interresting
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  • To visit then and see that there is the workload that could represent the construction of such building dedicated to naïve art, especially when the building is done by a single person. What courage and what an inspiration.
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  • On our roadtrip through France we stop here, in a small village, in the middle of nowhere :) I wasn't expecting anything and after I saw the Palais is completely surrounded by a wall and it costs a lil entry fee (8€) to get it, I wasn't happy (still am not), but well what can you do? We got in, read through the handout on the story and had a look at this crazy place :) Basically one man alone build his little palace (or bigger house?) within 33years of work. Naive art is the art style called and its really a bit crazy, but really nice to look at, soo much detail in every corner of the palace and kinda big as well, if you think he made it all on his own. You could probably spent hours here if you are into it and discover all the small things, is was really really nice and still a bit amazed what a single man can build :) It's really one of France not so well known Top 10 things to see :)
  • Interesting art piece of a stubborn mailman
  • Cool place to visit if you are passing by.
  • Amazing, how one man builds such a structure on his own. Thought as a fool back in the Day, now the village thrives on the income of his amazing building......
  • Amazing building! Can walk on it too!
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