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Palais Ideal du Facteur Cheval

8 Rue du Palais, 26390 Hauterives, France
+33 4 75 68 81 19
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Living Drip Castle

Amazing and very inspirational place. Great example for kids and adults alike of what can be... read more

Reviewed January 5, 2016
James M
Dublin, Ireland
via mobile
The Angkor Wat of France?

This is a weird and wonderful place, a must see if you are in the area but I would even suggest... read more

Reviewed January 2, 2016
London, UK
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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 le seul exemple en architecture de l'art Naïf.
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8 Rue du Palais, 26390 Hauterives, France
+33 4 75 68 81 19
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Reviewed January 5, 2016 via mobile

Amazing and very inspirational place. Great example for kids and adults alike of what can be achieved by one person, with patience and determination. A must see!!

1  Thank James M
Reviewed January 2, 2016

This is a weird and wonderful place, a must see if you are in the area but I would even suggest making a special detour on your way to the S. of France - it is that amazing. Also liked the fact that they have...More

Thank lesroys
Reviewed November 30, 2015

The place is unique but like it or not you have to admire the guts and perseverance of this mailman ! If you decide to go and see it , here are some advises : do not go on a rainy day , the palace...More

2  Thank belleretraite
Reviewed October 19, 2015

Easy to visit . An oddity that will keep adults and children ammused for an hour or so. Great story about the postman who built this little Palace by his home. Took him 37 years to complete with no training or experience. It's now accepted...More

1  Thank Karl S
Reviewed October 15, 2015

I am an Artist and I heard about the "Palace Ideal" in the 1970s and have finally made it there! It is almost beyond description - a piece of Art made by one person for 33 years that is truly amazing. This "Palace Ideal" by...More

Thank Nick P
Reviewed September 27, 2015

If you're in the area, this is a "must see" (including the movie in the museum and exhibits about Cheval's life). Absolutely touching yet art that inspired a number of early 20th century artists. Also, walk or drive to the cemetary to see the Cheval...More

Thank Eric D
Reviewed September 22, 2015

I did not want to got there , work of art it is not ,beautiful it is not, grotesque yes, but a the end of it I walk around three time and each time I discovered something , I fined it fascinating and full of...More

Thank Roland S
Reviewed September 14, 2015

It's a extravagant work of a local postman, former baker who spent décades to build in his garden!! Incredible, have to see to believe. It's not very big, but détails are fantastic. It's on the road(but you have to leave the highway) from Paris to...More

Thank Fitz b
Reviewed September 5, 2015 via mobile

Amazing!! The whole palais was built by 1 dertermined postman over the course of 33 years. He did that in his spare time!!! Anything is possible if one persevere. The audio guide was worth it. The story really touched my heart. The palais comprised of...More

Thank do_rei_me
Reviewed September 3, 2015

A very special place, suitable for all ages - children and adults. Wheelchair access available to the site, but access inside the palais is limited. Go and be delighted

Thank SusannahLaM
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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