Ferdinand Cheval

Facteur Cheval (Postman Cheval)
Birth Name:
Joseph Ferdinand Cheval
Birth Date:
April 19, 1836
Birth Place:
Charmes-sur-l'Herbasse, France
Death Date:
August 19, 1924
Place of Death:
Hauterives, France
Cause of Death:
Natural causes
Cemetery Name:
Cemeterie de hauterive
Claim to Fame:
Factuer Cheval was a French postman who spent thirty-three years of his life building Le Palais idéal (the "Ideal Palace") in Hauterives, France. The Palace is regarded as an extraordinary example of naïve art architecture. Upon completion in 1912 of his "dream palace" after 33 years of hard work, Cheval spent another 8 years building his tomb in the Parish cemetery. He died one year after the completion of his own tomb.

Cemetery Information:

Final Resting Place:

Cemeterie de hauterive

57-59 L'Ancienne Église

Hauterive, , 26390



Grave Location Description

Factuer Cheval’s spectacular mausoleum can be found near the entrance to this small village cemetery.

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45.250108, 5.018900

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