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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.
Palais Ideal du Facteur Cheval reviews
I've been wanting to see this place for 10+ years. The ideal palace did not disappoint! We went on a beautiful day. The little town of Hauterives was full of people. The long line went fast, but they.... more
I've been wanting to see this place for 10+ years. The ideal palace did not disappoint! We went on a beautiful day. The little town of Hauterives was full of people. The long line went fast, but they.... more »
I heard about this place so many years ago, then a few years ago I saw the movie. I was so happy and impressed by this place. Definitely recommend visiting.
I heard about this place so many years ago, then a few years ago I saw the movie. I was so happy and impressed by this place. Definitely recommend visiting. more »
A remarkable fantasy construction built over 33 years by a slightly loopy postman. It's worth the detour if you are in the Drome region of France as it is quite unique. It's called a palace, but as...
A remarkable fantasy construction built over 33 years by a slightly loopy postman. It's worth the detour if you are in the Drome region of France as it is quite unique. It's called a palace, but as... more »
Wow! What a determination and passion to build his dream place. There are so many details. You can spend hours looking around. Jean-Michel Othoniel's exhibition was great too.
This is an amazing experience. Walking through one man’s artistic vision is impressive. There is a nice movie about his life you can watch and other artist’s work that are homages to Ferdinand Cheval. You should also to a few moments and go to the cemetery where he built another structure because they wouldn’t allow him to be buried on site.
What a gift to literally walk into someone's dream! This surreal construction awakened the child in me as well as what it means to be dedicated to something . The combination with Othoniel's work is perfect . I suggest going whilst still there . Consider from 0:45 to 2:30 to visit the place (depending on your sensitivity) There is also grass and benches to rest and hang around . Bars and glaciers just outside the premises. Enjoy!
An extremely unique "palace", you have to see it with your own eyes. Truly weird styles and details used by a single man to build this incredible place for 33 years.
It’s worthwhile to visit this attraction and enjoy the small, peaceful villages nearby. This man is amazing to dedicate his 33 years for building an art work which gives benefits for the town’s government and brings a lots of works for the village as well as the enjoyment for the visitors.
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