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 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.
Château de l'Arthaudière is a beautifully restored historic castle dating back to the 13th Century and located in the Saint-Bonnet-de-Chavagne commune. Featuring fine Renaissance architecture, the castle was later rebuilt as a chateau and consists of a small chapel, a prominent tower, a spiral staircase, grand stables and pleasant Italian style gardens open all year round to the public. Today, it a popular tourist attraction where every summer a number of exhibitions, concerts, theatrical performances and rural balls are organized by teh local council. A must visit for history enthusiasts!
Made completely of limestone, Château de Crussol is located atop the hill of Crussol with a bird’s-eye view of the Rhône valley. It was built in the 13th Century by Gerald Basset. The site was initially occupied by a Roman temple and later by a wooden fort and was majorly destructed due to the multiple attacks from the enemies. Deserted in the 17th Century, the castle was damaged as a result of mine explosion in 1855. Today, though the structure has fallen into disrepair, it attracts many history and culture enthusiasts for visitation.
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.