You almost won’t believe it that a french postman build this impressive palace just from pebbles collected on his route. Ferdinand Cheval was born at Charmes, a small village near Hauterives in 1836. He became an ordinary postman with no form of architectural training or whatsoever. Construction on the palace began in 1879 and was completed in 1912. After stumbling on a strange stone that inspired him, Cheval began walking his 18-mile mail route with a wheelbarrow so he could collect other strange rocks and pebbles.
What started as a small hobby, soon became a life project in 1879, resulting in one of the most magnificent amateur architectural structures to date; Le Palais idéal.