The Ideal Palace of Postman Cheval

wide angle view of people looking at the structure

by Lou Ann Weeks

"Le Palais Ideal," means the Ideal Palace. Ferdinand Cheval, a postman, built this Palace over a period of 33 years of his life. It is located in Hauterives, in the southeastern part of France and is made out of hardened sandstone. Today it is a cultural landmark and protected as such. An unassuming, untrained Postman, Cheval did not know anything about construction or architecture. This is an amazing story.

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