During one of his rounds, in april 1879, at the age of 43, the postman Ferdinand Cheval, stumbles against such an odd stone that it awakes a dream. Real self-taught, he devotes 33 years of his life to build a dream palace in his garden alone. His inspiration comes from nature, postcards and the very first illustrated magazines that he deals. 
During his daily country rounds of about 18 miles and with the help of this faithful wheelbarrow he pickes up stones. Alone, misunderstood, he writes down on his building “The work of one man”. His dream palace gets completed in 1912.
In the heart of a flourishing garden, he imagines a uninhabitable palace populated by an incredible bestiary: octopus, hind, caiman, elephant, pelican, bear, birds… But also giants, fairies, mythological figures or architectures from all the continents. An architectural work as unclassifiable as universal.

Photos: © Gloria Marchini, 2017

Palais Idéal du Facteur Cheval
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