Le Palais Idéal du Facteur Cheval

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Ferdinand Cheval, postman in the Drôme since twenty-nine years

Ferdinand Cheval (1836-1924) was postman in the department of La drôme, in the south of France.

Day after day, all by himself, he built an extraordinary castle, made of stone, debris, shells and sand.

Neither mason nor architect, he succeeded in making an audacious dream become reality, with grottos, staircases, sculptures and monumental columns.

Facteur Cheval built his dream: Le Palais Idéal, today listed as Historical Monument.