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I absolutely loved wandering around this surrealist building. It is an experience! You can't help... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
New York
A must see!

This masterpiece of naive building cannot be missed when visiting this part of France. it is... read more

Reviewed October 8, 2018
Dany T
Edegem, Belgium
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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...more
8 rue du Palais Ideal, 26390 Hauterives, France
+33 4 75 68 81 19
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Reviewed 1 week ago

I absolutely loved wandering around this surrealist building. It is an experience! You can't help but being entertained by his unique approach to architecture and design. To top that you feel like you are allowed to go through and climb a living piece of art....More

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Reviewed October 8, 2018

This masterpiece of naive building cannot be missed when visiting this part of France. it is sensational in a way that you loose track of time studying all the details of this imaginary building.

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Reviewed September 21, 2018

This small curiosity is truly a testament to what human fortitude can produce. To work on this small castle for 30 years in really unbelievable. There was very little information available in English.

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Reviewed September 18, 2018

I confess I am a folly fanatic so the opportunity to visit this legendary place was too good to miss. Having said that, my wife hated it finding it odd and amateurish. But that is the thing about follies, they are normally created by individuals...More

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Reviewed August 4, 2018

Couldn't take enough pictures of this unique edifice. Unbelievable amount of work done by one man over 33 years of his life.

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Reviewed June 13, 2018

This fairy castle was built during more than thirty years by a single man, a postman, who knew nothing about sculpture. It's 26 meters long, 12 meters high and fully decorated. You can go on the roof and inside. The monument is full of sculpted...More

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Reviewed June 12, 2018 via mobile

I had no idea what to expect. But the site was amazing. A work of art in of itself. Fantastic, genius architectural wonder. Don’t miss it. Great for kids and adults.

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Reviewed April 24, 2018

Although not a large "thing" it takes a long time wandering around taking in the incredible creation and wondering about the mind of the man that spent so many years creating this.

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Reviewed March 7, 2018

Probably a truly unique 'exhibit' and hard to describe. But well worth visiting. Three decades of work by a postman which started when he collected an unusual stone whilst delivering his mail. You are free not only to wander around but go inside and on...More

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Reviewed March 3, 2018

For years I have wanted to see this work of art, and it was every bit as good as I had imagined it to be. The countryside from the Palais north to Lyon is amazing too, so it makes the detour off the A7 worth...More

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Jean W
June 14, 2016|
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Response from James M | Reviewed this property |
Hi Jean: The closest International airport is Lyon (LYS) as far as I know. I am not aware of any tour that takes this site in as part of the itinerary, but I would encourage you to call Palais Ideal directly and ask them... More