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Be awed by the Palace made by a Postman in Hauterives, France

Patience, determination and hard work can make your dream come true! Ferdinand Cheval epitomizes these qualities by building a palace made from stones in Hauterives, France. You just have to see it to believe it!

A village located in southeastern France, Hauterives is a part of the commune of Sainte-Enimie. It is sparsely populated with about 1769 inhabitants as of 2014. The village is 300 meters above sea level and nestled between two hills. Although it is a sleepy village, it attracts thousands of visitors annually because of the Ideal Palace, a fascinating man-made structure built by a postman. The nearest major city to Hauterives is Lyon which is about 80 kilometers away. The Lyon-Saint Exupéry Airport is your gateway to Hauterives.  It is served by a number of major international carriers. From the airport, you can take a train, car or bus to Hauterives.

So what is so special about the Ideal Palace? The Ideal Palace was built stone by stone by Joseph Ferdinand Cheval, a postman. It was in 1879 that he stumbled upon a rock which triggered a dream of building his own palace. He started collecting stones daily and using mortar, lime and cement, he began constructing his palace. He worked on the palace after his work shift, and it took him 20 years to build the outer walls of the palace which is unclassifiable. It features different forms of animals, mythological figures and architectural influences from across the globe. It is such a marvel that in 1969, it was classified as Historical Monument under Naive Art by André Malraux, the French Minister for Cultural Affairs at that time. Today, Ferdinand Cheval is considered the worldwide forerunner of Naive Art.

Words cannot describe the beauty and the stunning features of the Ideal Palace. You just have to see it! Consult your travel agent and be on your way to Hauterives, France. 


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