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Address: 8 Rue du Palais, 26390 Hauterives, France
Phone Number: +33 (0)4 75 68 81 19
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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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Celebration of individual's perseverance

Had heard about this place more than 10 years ago in a class for beginners french. Finally had the opportunity to visit this. In my mind I absolutely wanted to visit this place... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 November 2016
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49 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 November 2016

Had heard about this place more than 10 years ago in a class for beginners french. Finally had the opportunity to visit this. In my mind I absolutely wanted to visit this place but was concerned that my wife who's this non-musems type might find it uninteresting. However the story behind this place and the actual art is so different... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 October 2016 via mobile

Watt's Towers in Los Angeles is comparable but this is an incredible accomplishment. The postman must have had an fertile imagination to build, add, revise and complete this project. It's phenomenal that so many years later we can still climb on it, fully appreciating some aspects that otherwise would not be apparent. Well worth the visit.

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 September 2016

Postman Ferdinand who built the Palais Ideal must have had an incredible imagination and tenacity. He spent 33 years building this magnificent structure It is an incredible place to visit, and well worth the 5,50 euros admission charge.

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Ohain, Belgium
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 September 2016

We had never heard of this place but it was on our way, so we went. This is a gigantic folly, built over many years by a devoted passionate postman. It is great fun to visit and explore. Allow about an hour and park before you get too close to the entrance, then it is free.

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Kidderminster, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 September 2016

Myself and my husband cycled here as part of our holiday in the Rhone Alpes region and wow, we were not disappointed. We are both members of the Folly Fellowship in the UK so had read about this place and planned to visit specially. It was even more than we had imagined. So beautifully and imaginatively built and so wonderfully... More 

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Beaune, France
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 September 2016

Well signposted once you get to Hauterives except the very last sign to it after the village itself, is actually AT the left turn into the carpark entrance, so its too late to turn and you drive past. Luckily a recycling yard follows almost immediately on the right , where you can turn round and turn in from the other... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 August 2016 via mobile

I was returning to the Palais with my young children, after 20 years. The site has a great activity sheet for kids to complete and understand the artist's motives. Must go

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Ljubljana, Slovenia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 August 2016

I didn't know about this place and when I arrived I couldn't believe my eyes, especially when I learnt how the palace (and it is a palace!) was made..one man's imagination and perseverance can construct something so amazing and full of details, so it is no wonder that this work is inspiration for other artists! And you can go around... More 

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Plouhinec, France
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 August 2016

The Palais Idéal is in fact a one-man show by a delivery man with a vision. Misinterpreted from the start, it became some sort of inspiration for the surrealist movement. But that doesn't matter - just like the question whether the building is art or not. It's best to regard the construction as 'outsider art' or just as something that... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 August 2016 via mobile

Really excellent place to visit. The palace captures multiple interpretations of cultures in 1 building built by 1 man only. The postman was clearly inspired by the postcards he had seen.

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