Le Palais Ideal

Le Palais Ideal was built by Facteur Cheval - Postman Cheval - Ferdinand Cheval and is one of the world's most astounding visionary structures.

Why is it here in this place of collections?

Cheval was a simple country postman in the small village of Hauterives, Drome, France and one day he found a strange stone that fascinated him....33 years later after collecting hundreds and thousands and millions of stones, he had built Le Palais Ideal.

His vision was based on the places he saw on postcards from foreign climes and images from magazines that he delivered on his round. He would find the stones and collect them in his wheelbarrow after his work was finished.

This is truly a work of obsession, drive and collecting.


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