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Palais Ideal du Facteur Cheval

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Address: Le Village, 26390 Hauterives, France
Phone Number: 04 75 68 81 19
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Description: Le Palais Idéal du Facteur Cheval est le rêve d'un homme, piéton des...
Le Palais Idéal du Facteur Cheval est le rêve d'un homme, piéton des postes, qui a concrétisé pierre à pierre après 33 ans de travail solitaire une œuvre unique.André Malraux en 1969 a classé le Palais Idéal : Monument historique. C'était pour lui le seul exemple en architecture de l'art Naïf.
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Simply not to be missed if in the area

Around 80 km south of Lyon, this attraction is one of its kind. A masterpiece that will leave you in WOW. Not everyday you experience something like this. Absolutely stunning... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 9, 2015
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Munich, Germany
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Munich, Germany
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103 reviews 103 reviews
14 attraction reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2015

Around 80 km south of Lyon, this attraction is one of its kind. A masterpiece that will leave you in WOW. Not everyday you experience something like this. Absolutely stunning. On day trip is enough as there isn't anything else to do in the village. You would need 2 to 3 hours to see the palace and his tomb is... More 

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The Netherlands
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24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015

It was a long drive from our camp site in the Drome, but well worth it. The children enjoyed exploring here as well.

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Lausanne, Switzerland
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23 reviews 23 reviews
9 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014

The "Stone Dream" : an incredible castle built from 1879 to 1906 by a single man, a postman, in his own village. Fantastic dreams of a simple man, the beauty and originality of Naive Art. Pay a visit to that place, you won't be disappointed.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

A creation of a postman somewhat underplays this most amazing creation. An extraordinary build from the imagination of postman Cheval. If you can imagine a palace created and built by a man with a crazy imagination and who took influences from Buddhist and Hindu art / temples, and then added to it with the odd and bizarre from his own... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014

An amazing surreal creation from just one man (an ex postal worker), made by hand using stones he dragged/rolled/found over 30 years. Inspired by foreign postcards of camels and Buddhist and Hindu temples and just other random animals/turrets/people etc. It's a bit Gaudi-esque?? Great for kids, there's a sheet of paper to tick off the stone animals/creatures you can find.... More 

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Fontaine de Vaucluse, France
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7 reviews 7 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014

I had been there many years ago, and this time I actually took the time to stay around a good hour - and rented an audio-guide. The place is fabulous, totally extra-ordinary - the crazy work of a self-made man who certainly had a very high opinion of himself. But then he was indeed a genius. The palace is what... More 

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Eastbourne, United Kingdom
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41 reviews 41 reviews
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26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

Imagine a palace built by some Sci-Fi illustrator e.g. Frank Freas and here you have an extraordinary work of naïve art, built by a village postman between the years 1879 – 1924. It is now maintained and owned by the town council of Hauterives and known as “le Palais Idéal”. This is a particularly good place for children to visit... More 

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The Hague, The Netherlands
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27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

Really unique place to visit. Must go there when you are close. Look at what a mailman -or self-taught artist- made in a 33-year period. Astonishing to realize that this was at the early 1900's

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Antwerp, Belgium
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12 reviews 12 reviews
3 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014

I've been to this site 3 times, once as a teenager, once with my partner and recently with my children (age 5 and 7). The story behind this 'palace' is fantastic. Children receive a form with a lot of drawings of images they can try to find on the palace. Very simple but my kids enjoyed running around and investigating... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 via mobile

A tourist attraction since it was being built in the late 19th century, this construction is the product of the imagination of a simple country postman, travelling the world in his imagination and through the pages of the magazines and newspapers available to him. The site is well signposted and has a nice visitors centre and shop. Amazingly, adults and... More 

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