Palais Ideal du Facteur Cheval, Hauterives

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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. Plan to visit Palais Ideal du Facteur Cheval and other customer-reviewed, writer-recommended Hauterives attractions using our Hauterives travel route tool .
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  • Probably a truly unique 'exhibit' and hard to describe. But well worth visiting. Three decades of work by a postman which started when he collected an unusual stone whilst delivering his mail. You are...  more »
  • We all know vaguely this baroque building designed by the factor horse, yet feels his true vision as a real discovery both details abound and work marks each ground and each surface roughness. It's amazing to enter somebody's dreams. Artistically, it is also interesting to see the influence that this creation has had on the history of art (gross, naïve, neo, etc.)
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  • Stopover at the Palace during a weekend return. A work that sells at full price we paid € 25 for 2 adults and 2 children, the town of Hauterives found the gravy... The visit is short predict less time on-site. No interest to do the kilometres, except if you are passing. The work of the factor remains abstract and completely delusional... You decide...
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  • €6.50pp Weird. Unusual. Touching. But after 15 mins on the spot, I became unsure of what to do next. Given that the Palais is far away from everything I am not certain if it was absolutely worth the drive, petrol, and half a day of my time.
  • Bizarre sort of place but incredible if we consider that it was mainly the work and vision of one man. He wasn't particularly modest but hey the place is worth visiting
  • Fabulous place to visit to visit we had a great day out in the town and the Palace.
  • Wonderful place. Single handed work of a rural postman over 33 years from 1879. Would have given 5 stars if the museum had English instead of only French. After all it is a WORLD Heritage site.
  • Truly unique historic monument. The artwork is a mix of Hindu temples, Arabian palaces and European castles. Definitely worth a visit. Costs 6.50 €. Ferdinand Cheval, the artist, also built a mausoleum for himself, which is not that far away from the ideal place and you can visit the cemetery for free.
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