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Address: 8 Rue du Palais, 26390 Hauterives, France
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+33 (0)4 75 68 81 19

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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Magnificently outlandish

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... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
Bart F
Geneva, Switzerland
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Geneva, Switzerland
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87 reviews
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Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

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 the postcards started to emerge with drawings from far away places. It is a strange... More 

Thank Bart F
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 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 to walk in it - which makes it a very nice experience. Plenty of restaurants... More 

Thank Claire-Alan
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 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
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49 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
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 

Thank hisscaredbrain
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47 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
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.

Thank Bob F
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158 reviews
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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
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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
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 

Thank HuffBirmingham
Beaune, France
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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 

Thank greenfork61
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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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