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 .
Palais Ideal du Facteur Cheval Reviews
beau site avoir, quel travail impressionnant de ce facteur, qui pendant 33 ans a construit cet édifice. beaucoup de courage et d' imagination pour tous les détails apporté a son monument. Ne pas oubli... more »beautiful site have, what an impressive work of this factor, which for 33 years has built this building. a lot of courage and imagination for all the details brought to his monument. Do not forget to make a detour through the cemetery or for 8 years after the palai, the horse factor has built the family tomb.
Que dire : c’est proprement incroyable voire inimaginable : en effet comment est ce possible de construire seul un tel édifice ( et après une tournée de facteur de l’ordre d’un marathon ) Il faut du c... more »What to say: it is truly unbelievable even unimaginable: indeed how is it possible to build such a building alone (and after a tour of factor of the order of a marathon) it takes courage; a lot of courage; of tenacity but this man had also genius (sometimes found GAUDI) André MALRAUX had seen just by fighting to have this monument classified
When you finally realize what to do with all the shells and stones you have been collecting over the years.... And you can take your dog in here!
Absolutely brilliant but exceptionally wierd place to visit. Easily keeps you fixated for hours exploring all the facets of this strange building. My kids loved it going in and out of all the tunnels and stairwells plus they had to find loads of objects as part of a fun exploration exercise.
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