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French Mailman Spends 33 Years Building Epic Palace From Pebbles Collected On His 18-Mile Mail Route
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Architecture, DIY7 years ago

French Mailman Spends 33 Years Building Epic Palace From Pebbles Collected On His 18-Mile Mail Route

France is chock-full of palaces, but there’s one – Palais Ideal – that stands out above the rest as a work of art and devotion. Ferdinand Cheval, a French postman with no formal architectural or artistic training, spent 33 years building this extraordinary structure by cementing together oddly-shaped rocks that he found along his mail route.

Construction on the palace began in 1879 and was completed in 1912. After stumbling on a strange stone that inspired his dream, Cheval began walking his 18-mile mail route with a wheelbarrow so he could collect other strange rocks and pebbles.

The Palace Ideal is located in Hauterives, a town in southeastern France. It is open almost all year for visits, and also often serves as a venue for extraordinary concerts and art exhibitions. If you’re traveling to France, but this amazing work of DIY outsider art on your list!

More info: facteurcheval.com | Facebook (h/t: dailymail)

Image credits: Emmanuel Georges

Image credits: Thierry Ollivier

Image credits: Emmanuel Georges

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Image credits: Thierry Ollivier

Image credits: Emmanuel Georges

Image credits: Thierry Ollivier

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Image credits: Thierry Ollivier

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BrunoRodrigues
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7 years ago

If life gives you pebbles, build a palace :)

MAriLoh
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7 years ago

I am reminded of Gaudi's garden for the artists in Barcelona.....

NigelBrown
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7 years ago

Can u imagine if he'd had a local B&Q!

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BrunoRodrigues
Community Member
7 years ago

If life gives you pebbles, build a palace :)

MAriLoh
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7 years ago

I am reminded of Gaudi's garden for the artists in Barcelona.....

NigelBrown
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7 years ago

Can u imagine if he'd had a local B&Q!

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