Palais Idéal – Hauterives, France: the extraordinary dream palace of Ferdinand Cheval!
Palais Idéal is not a real palace, but a remarkably eccentric structure. It was single-handedly created in a period of 33 years, between 1836 and 1924, by a French postman named Ferdinand Cheval. After the postman tripped over a stone, he got the idea to gather the stones, which he found during his work, and use them to build his own dream palace. In this palace, various styles have been applied: a medieval castle, an Arab mosque and a Hindu temple. There are also several figures displayed such as plants, trees, animals, people of different cultures, Julius Caesar and the goddess Isis. The palace never had a real function. Today it is a popular tourist attraction. Ferdinand Cheval wanted to be buried in his palace, together with his wife, but the local government did not allow that. As a result, he designed his own tomb, which is just as incredible as Palais Idéal, and can be found at the cemetery of Hauterives.
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