There are many parts of France that seem to be straight from a fairytale, and one of them is Palais Ideal, a handmade palace by Ferdinand Cheval. This French postman did not have any formal architectural or artistic training, but spent 33-years (beginning at 43-years-old) creating this extraordinary structure. Pebbles and other oddly-shaped rocks that he found along his mail route were stuck together using cement. Construction on the palace began in 1879 and was completed in 1912. Continue reading for another video, more pictures and additional information.
“After stumbling on a strange stone that inspired his dream, Cheval began walking his 18-mile mail route with a wheelbarrow so he could collect other strange rocks and pebbles. The Palace Ideal is located in Hauterives, a town in southeastern France. It is open almost all year for visits, and also often serves as a venue for extraordinary concerts and art exhibitions,” reports Bored Panda.