French postman Ferdinand Cheval laid the foundation of the Ideal Palace in 1879. He was 43. During the thirty-three years, he worked hard all alone, at night, dragging stones, and in the afternoon continuing to deliver the letter.
Ferdinand Cheval was born in the town with the unpronounceable name Charmes-sur-l'herbasse in 1836. Cheval syzmalstva famous tenacity and stubbornness certain that, along with the removal of dreaminess, has created a truly unique personality. In the end, our hero is moved to a small town (some even call it a village) Hauterive, where he worked as a rural mail carrier.
working as a postman, Ferdinand, as a rule, held daily at 32 kilometers, carrying all sorts of letters, packets, complimentary newspapers advertisement and Ikea catalogs. The region, they say, in those days was famous for hot weather, was walking away, and, whether from the irrepressible imagination, or, as they say detractors, away from heat, Cheval began to receive visions of mythical and beautiful palaces.
After all, you never know who of us that sees nothing. But two factors have played a role here - Chevalier persistence and the fact that there the country was in the ancient sea floor. Here and there a lot of nature picturesquely scattered stones.
In his notes Cheval admitted that the impetus for the creation of a giant palace served as a strange stone on which he stumbled once in the morning. Layered, flowing rock attracted the eyes, forced to think about other possible forms.
The next day Cheval returned to the same place and picked up a few rock samples. Thus began his 27-year phase of collecting stones. At first, he brought them into his pockets and shawl, then in the basket, and finally began to carry stones on a homemade wheelbarrow, putting them in the backyard. Neighbors thought he was crazy, but he did know, what are the stones.
"As nature has given me a building material, I have to be an architect and mason" - decided Cheval. And began bringing home the stones, while studying architecture in different countries and epochs. Like any amateur, he did not have a bias, therefore, it has inspired almost everything - architecture East, Maghreb, Art Nouveau. They say that even Cheval traveled to Algeria. Lie, our knowledge builder learned from the magazine Le Magazin Pittoresque. At the same time he began to study and practical side of things, do not forget to carry the stones on his trusty wheelbarrow.
Daily mail route is extended to 10 km at times on a daily basis, but perseverance Chevalier was not to occupy. A total ease our pismonosny each drove stones for 20 years. And since 1888, stepping down to retire, started the construction of the Palace. Ideal Palace - "styles of all countries and times to meet there and mix».
The locals did not immediately realize that they face a genius. Rather, for them it was "an old fool, your garden is flooded with stones." In those blessed times and in the blessed country fashion on Japanese culture is not reached, so the garden with stones representing the villagers and peyzane phenomenon stupid. But, in the end, citizens decided that he, though, and a madman, but not dangerous, and the Chevalier left alone.
And he continued to carry stones and build. 10,000 days, 93,000 hours and 33 years of work - and the first 20 years Cheval worked alone. Palace grew, and even the locals look at this phenomenon in a different way.