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Palais Ideal du Facteur Cheval, Hauterives

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Monument Architectural Building
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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  • Amazing building and amazing guy! This gentleman's life is as interesting as his work. Nonconformism, eclecticism... "More stubborn that me, get to work", says it through time. The challenge is therefore to the brave to raise! Visit to complete with the tomb of the factor to the village cemetery.
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  • surprising, amazing this place is fantastic, that one man is designed and produced this work is amazing
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  • Visit to make with the kids big and small. Also original idea to discover the region visiting friends in the corner. Children will be captivated by the possibility to walk in this Palace on their scale with corners and nooks to explore. The largest will be impressed by the "madness" of this factor that day after day, stone after stone built his ideal Palace. As with almost anything can make his dreams come true.
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  • 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.
  • Something so magical about this place. Unbelievable that a man single handedly made this whole thing little by little over 30 years.
  • Quite an incredible place and the man behind it even more so.
  • It was very impressive, and even more when you learn the place's background story
  • Interesting place to visit. Spent few hours there. Very educational for children and adults. Parking can be busy some parts of the day.

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