An Ideal Place

The Palais Ideal is another monument to the perserverence and creativity of one man, though less mysterious. Built by Ferdinand Cheval, a postman, the Palais blueprint was drawn in his dreams 15 years before he began construction. Every day on his route, Cheval would watch for stones he wanted to use. He would leave them in small piles along the road, then after work he would re-trace his route with a wheel-barrow, bringing home his material. When he ran out of stones, he switched to cement. The Palais Ideal is riddled beautifully with the styles of many cultures, and is one of the existing examples of surreal architecture.

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