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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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Nous y sommes allés mon mari et moi en ce dimanche de début février et nous avons apprécié. Entre la visite du palais lui même et celle du petit musée, nous avons passé un petit plus deux h là bas. En... more »We went there my husband and me on this Sunday of early February and enjoyed. Between the tour of the Palace itself and that of the small museum, we spent a little more than two hours down there. Then we went on foot to the cemetery grave factor and his family. A treasure of the region, a nice opportunity to see a monument could not be more original, family, alone or as a couple. €7 50 adult admission, I advise to take the time to visit because the price is a bit high so as amortize it staying there long.
Cette réalisation fruit d'une vie de travail est impressionnante de diversité et de complexité. Mais malheureusement l'entretien et les soins apportés ne suffisent pas à garantir sa pérennité. C'est u... more »This fruit of a lifetime's work is impressive diversity and complexity. But unfortunately the maintenance and care are not enough to ensure its sustainability. This is a staggering visit when you think of the means available to the factor. The Museum part compensates a little bit of information.
Un travail impressionnant fait par un seul homme... Un regret peut-être, le prix de l entrée qui est a 7euros50... more »An impressive job done by one man... A regret maybe, the price of the entrance which is a 7euros50...
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.
Amazing site! I absolutely recommend this to everyone, young and less young, even to those who have their hearts frozen.
Wonderful. Even with children. They can run, go inside, play To hide-and-seek. It's look like the Sagrada Familia in Barcelona. (But in very small).
Reasonable price and amazing palace. Worth reading the info and understanding how it came to be built. Good price too.
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