Discover Palais Idéal du Facteur Cheval France

It was with stones collected during his daily rounds that postman Ferdinand Cheval (1836-1924) built this fascinating palace from 1879 to 1912, incorporating all different types of styles and inspirations.

Palais Idéal du Facteur Cheval
(The 'Ideal Palace' of Postman Cheval)
26390 Hauterives
Tel.: +33 (0)4 75 68 81 19
Website: www.facteurcheval.com
January to December: 9:30am to 12:30pm and 1:30pm to 4:30pm - February-March, October, November: 9:30am to 12:30pm and 1:30pm to 5:30pm - April to June, September: 9:00am to 12:30pm and 1:30pm to 6:30pm - July & August: 9:00am to 12:30pm and 1:30pm to 7:00pm. Closed on 25th December, 1st January, and from 15th to 31st January.
Full price: £4.50, concessions (students and the visitors with disabilities): £4, children (6 to 16 years): £3.50.

  • Palais Idéal du Facteur Cheval , Discover the 'Palais Idéal' (Ideal Palace) , France
    Discover the 'Palais Idéal' (Ideal Palace)

    It is possible to visit the postman Cheval's 'Palais Idéal' all year round. You can easily spend an entire day admiring it.

    © Fotosearch / GraphicObsession
  • Palais Idéal du Facteur Cheval , The birth of the Palais Idéal , France
    The birth of the Palais Idéal

    During one of his rounds, Ferdinand Cheval, a humble postman, discovered a unique rock and decided to undertake the most extraordinary of projects.

    © Richard Semik
  • Palais Idéal du Facteur Cheval , Concerts at the Palais Idéal , France
    Concerts at the Palais Idéal

    Concerts are held every summer at the Palais Idéal in front of the eastern façade. In June there is a jazz concert and in July the musical shows take over.

    © Fotosearch / GraphicObsession
  • Palais Idéal du Facteur Cheval , The Ferdinand Cheval story on the big screen , France
    The Ferdinand Cheval story on the big screen

    The incredible adventure of a man full of dreams is captured in images in films like 'Histoire du Palais Idéal' and 'Le Facteur sonne toujours Cheval'.

    © Fotosearch / GraphicObsession
  • Palais Idéal du Facteur Cheval , Height and length , France
    Height and length

    26m long and nearly 10m high, it's hard to believe that this magnificent structure is the work of a single man.

    © Richard Semik
  • Palais Idéal du Facteur Cheval , France
    Palais Idéal du Facteur Cheval
    © Richard Semik
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