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Ideal Palace (France)

Ideal Palace (France)

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3 Responses to “Ideal Palace (France)”

  1. Sarah Says:
    May 6th, 2009 at 1:22 am

    What is it made out of?

  2. Tom Says:
    July 15th, 2009 at 11:53 am

    Cheval began the building in April 1879. He claimed that he had tripped on a stone and was inspired by its shape. He returned to the same spot the next day and started collecting stones.

    For the next 33 years, during his daily mail route, Cheval carried stones from his delivery rounds and at home used them to build his Palais idéal, the Ideal Palace. First he carried the stones in his pockets, then a basket and eventually a wheelbarrow. He often worked at night, by the light of an oil lamp.

    Cheval spent the first two decades building the outer walls. The Palace is a mix of different styles with inspirations from the Bible to Hindu mythology. Cheval bound the stones together with lime, mortar and cement.

  3. Christyne Says:
    November 11th, 2009 at 12:26 am

    That’s amazing, reminds me of the story in “Choke”. Wish there were more close up pictures, to get the details.