Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Architectural masterpiece Le Palais Ideal.


In 1836, France, in the town of Charmes-sur-l'herbasse, near Lyon, there was one small ordinary miracle. There was born a man, later recorded in history as one of the greatest eccentrics - Ferdinand Cheval.

From an early age Ferdinand different tenacity, stubbornness and detachment from others. He chose the profession of the postman. During the work he had to go over 30 miles a day. The area in which he lived and worked for the postman, was bottom of the sea in ancient times, and abounded in all sorts of interesting rocks.

In one of the ordinary working days, Ferdinand carried the newspapers and letters to fellow citizens, and suddenly came across a very beautiful stone. He stopped, put down his bag and began to examine the stone. Perfection of form and beauty struck him. At home, considering it more carefully, the employee decided to mail survey the area around the next day ... whether all the stones are interesting. It turned out that, yes. And then he realized it was a sign.

"I have to become an architect and stonemason" - decided to Ferdinand. And began bringing home rocks, parallel study of the architecture of different countries and periods. Thus, the transport of stones, it has been 20 years until he retired postman. Local residents felt Ferdinand crazy for him fascination with stones. But they left him alone because he was not a dangerous man

After retiring on a pension in 1888, the mailman began to build the palace. Made of stone, cement, wire, Ideal Palace resembled a wild mix of styles and regions - the Middle East, China, Algeria, and was noticeable influence of Antoni Gaudí. On all the walls of the palace inscriptions - the sayings of Christ, Buddha, all sorts of shapes, some of which were in the foreground, rose into the air a variety of jewelry, especially impressive gazing into the night. Ferdinand took '33 years  for the construction of megalithic art.