Le Palais Ideal - One Man's Dream

June 20, 2014  •  4 Comments

When planning our trip through France, Deb and Gav suggested that we visit a place they had heard about called Le Palais Ideal.  It was off the beaten track and a little out of our way, but we decided it would be worth a look. This also meant that we were able to stop in at Chateauneuf du Pap, a noted wine area on this first day of our road trip in France.  Le Palais Ideal proved to be interesting and unusual to say the least and we were pleased that we had taken the time out to see it.

Ferdinand Cheval (1836-1924) left school at 13 yrs. He spent thirty-three years of his life being a postman (facteur) by day, collecting stones and building his dream palace, Le Palais idéal (the "Ideal Palace"), at night. Le Palais Ideal covers some 78 square metres and is located in Hauterives, France, in an area called Drome between Valence and Lyon. It is regarded as an extraordinary example of naïve art architecture and is a mix of different styles with inspirations from Christianity to Hinduism.

We spent a delightful afternoon wandering around Le Palais Ideal and were amazed at the achievements of this seemingly ordinary man whose work influenced the likes of André Breton and Pablo Picasso.

Facteur Cheval was a wonderful example of how one man’s dream can become a reality no matter how humble his origins.   Further information about him and Le Palais Ideal can be found at http://www.kristinfiore.com/cheval/

Le Palais IdealLe Palais IdealFerdinand Cheval (1836-1924) left school at 13 yrs. He spent thirty-three years of his life being a postman (facteur) by day, collecting stones and building his dream palace, Le Palais idéal (the "Ideal Palace"), at night. Le Palais Ideal covers some 78 square metres and is located in Hauterives, France, in an area called Drome between Valence and Lyon. It is regarded as an extraordinary example of naïve art architecture and is a mix of different styles with inspirations from Christianity to Hinduism. Le Palais IdealLe Palais IdealFerdinand Cheval (1836-1924) left school at 13 yrs. He spent thirty-three years of his life being a postman (facteur) by day, collecting stones and building his dream palace, Le Palais idéal (the "Ideal Palace"), at night. Le Palais Ideal covers some 78 square metres and is located in Hauterives, France, in an area called Drome between Valence and Lyon. It is regarded as an extraordinary example of naïve art architecture and is a mix of different styles with inspirations from Christianity to Hinduism.


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Macadamia(non-registered)
What were the building regulations? Obviously not the the same as most places. Just love it. Reminds me a little of the strange and unusual buildings in Lightning Ridge.
barbara(non-registered)
wow.
Adrian(non-registered)
Wow! What was he on?
Jan Sharples(non-registered)
Very interesting indeed. It looks more like parts of India we saw in design.

Regards Jan Sharples
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