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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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Unique Building

We spent the afternoon visiting this building, the museum next door about the building and the... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Paris, France
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An amazing structure built by a French Postman in his Spare! time (his daily round was a 27 mile... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Hexham, United Kingdom
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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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  • Average7%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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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

We spent the afternoon visiting this building, the museum next door about the building and the "artist's" tomb about a kilometer away. Parking was free. It's a fascinating building to explore. The kids loved going up and down the stairs, through the corridors and entering...More

Thank oonlee
Reviewed 1 week ago

An amazing structure built by a French Postman in his Spare! time (his daily round was a 27 mile walk) and completed in 1924. Now considered to be an outstanding work of art (think Gaudi). Well presented with a good museum type building explaining the...More

Thank longbyre1
Reviewed 1 week ago

Built by a French postman who was inspired by a rock he found on his rounds, this is a one of kind structure and well worth the visit. You can easily spend a few hours just looking at all the things he built in the...More

Reviewed 4 weeks 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.

Thank Bintbatoutta
Reviewed 5 June 2017

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

1  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
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Jean W
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