Built between 1879 and 1912, this historic Hauterives structure is the singular vision of French postman Ferdinand Cheval. The intricate palace was built stone by hand-sourced stone over a span of roughly three decades. It was inspired by an oddly shaped rock over which Cheval tripped one afternoon, beginning his obsession with collecting stones for what is now aptly coined the "Ideal Palace of Postman Cheval." The unique landmark fits no one aesthetic classification and instead boasts a striking combination of architectural styles, making it particularly popular among fans of Surrealist art. Today, the palace attracts more than 150,000 visitors each year and serves as a venue for concerts and other events, its breathtaking design and scenic gardens creating an eye-catching backdrop.
Built next to the ancient medieval city for protection, Château de Septème was restored in the 15th and 16th Centuries and parts of the ramparts remain today. Most of the buildings from the end of the Middle Ages (14th-15th Century) remain and bear witness to the changing lifestyles compared to earlier buildings (towers, chimneys and the like). The inner courtyard was reworked during the Renaissance when a loggia and gallery were added. Call for more details.
Cathédrale Saint-Maurice de Vienne is a place of Roman Catholic worship. The cathedral is dedicated to Saint Maurice, a legendary Theban leader. The church boasts of grand Gothic architecture and is said to have been established over a period of five centuries. The west front of the church provides gorgeous panoramic views over the Rhine. Besides regular prayer services and religious activities, the cathedral halls host music concerts, exhibitions, and so on.
Built by Ferdinand Cheval, a French postman, Le Palais Idéal du Facteur Cheval is one very spectacular piece of architecture. A telling structure, this one is all of 26 meters long. Covered with scripts, sea shelled pathways, figures of famous people like Archimedes, tools used to create this masterpiece and many other decorative arts. With its growing popularity, the Palais Idéal du Facteur Cheval has now become a National Monument in Hauterives and an iconic visitor's spot. Each year thousands of visitors gather to witness this marvelous wonder. The place is also home to events, exhibitions and cultural events. There is also an on-site shop selling memorabilia, loved by those who want to take back memories of this grand monument. Visiting hours vary monthly, call ahead or check website for more information.
An architectural beauty and a cultural heritage, Collégiale Saint-Pierre & Saint-Paul is one of the most popular landmarks of the city. Built in twelfth-century, the bell-tower of this church is popular in itself and is one of the oldest buildings in the region. The organ at this church was added only in the year 1971 making it one of the newest additions to the building. The numerous renovations undertaken over the years has ensured that Collégiale Saint-Pierre & Saint-Paul stands strong even after all these centuries
The Eglise Notre Dame d'Anneyron is a 12th-century Romanesque church located in the quiet city of Anneyron. Made of stones and bricks, the church takes you back to an era which is long forgotten. Guided tours are available, for those who would like to know more about the history of the church. The Eglise Notre Dame d'Anneyron is to explore architecture and historical facts.
Located in La Motte-de-Galaure, this sterling monument was built in the 12th-century and construction work was carried out on this church on and off until the 19th century. The facade of this beautiful church has twin bells greeting visitors. This structure is currently managed by the ministry of culture and is a protected historic monument.
Located atop a small hillock, the Château d'Albon was built in the middle ages. Initially, the site was occupied by a small chapel and was the seat of the Albon family in the 11th Century. However, the castle dates back to the 13th Century, when it was constructed. There was a square-shaped wooden tower that offered uninterrupted views of the surrounding. In the 16th Century, the property was deserted and was converted into a stone quarry. Today, though the mansion is in a state of ruins, it attracts many history and culture enthusiasts.