Palais Idéal 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 Idéal 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 Idéal du Facteur Cheval and other customer-reviewed, writer-recommended Hauterives attractions using our Hauterives travel route tool .
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  • The imagination in the service of the art. What patience, what perseverance. How is a person, without research, without means, to achieve such a labor leader! With a lot of willpower. That would be she does, if she had the financial means. The sagrada familia?
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  • Quite impressive with how much effort and minimal means the combination of palaces, castles, temples is shaped on this place
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  • A magical place to see (and "shell") absolutely. The life of a character unique and awesome work.
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  • 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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