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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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an interesting visit

Something different. Looks like a giant doll's house. Imagine the patience and the strong will... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Texas City, Texas

I saw a tv reportage about this place and I became obsessed, so we went to visit in the summer... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Angers, France
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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 1 week ago

Something different. Looks like a giant doll's house. Imagine the patience and the strong will power to build such a site by one person.

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I saw a tv reportage about this place and I became obsessed, so we went to visit in the summer... the place is even more amazing than I realized! (also a little smaller)... it's totally worth of your time... dreams, imagination, perseverance, courage and talent......More

Thank Patricia-Oax
Reviewed 17 April 2017

This is a great place to visit for a couple of hours. The product of the imagination of a postman who started building in 1879 inspired by a magazine about far away places he received for free from the post office. Also in that time...More

Thank Bart F
Reviewed 1 March 2017 via mobile

A great piece of work realized by one man only, in 33 years and 93000 hours of work. Amazing. Recognized by Picasso, Nikki de Saint Phalle, etc as being a major piece of Art Naïf. Kids get a game to find figures and everybody gets...More

Thank Claire-Alan
Reviewed 5 January 2017

For me personally is not worthy to visit. Of course it doesn't remove any value to this exceptional place and the work of the builder

Thank Guylaine F
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...More

Thank hisscaredbrain
Reviewed 22 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...More

Thank Bob F
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.

Thank RBN11
Reviewed 15 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...More

Thank kkwhalley
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...More

Thank HuffBirmingham
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Jean W
Hi, which airport is the closest to this palace? Is there a tour that can take people to this location? Don't want to drive in France. Thanks!
14 June 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