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Salle du Jeu de Paume, Versailles
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Salle du Jeu de Paume was built in 1686 and played a pivotal role in the Revolution a century later. You can visit this site for both a dose of French history and sports history as well.

It was in Versailles that Louis XVI convened the États-Généraux made up of more than 1,000 deputies representing the nobility, clergy, and the middle classes in a bid to deal with national debt and to moderate dissent by reforming the tax system. However, when the middle classes’ reps were denied entry, they met separately on the tennis court and took the famous Serment du Jeu de Paume, the Tennis Court Oath, swearing not to dissolve it until Louis XVI had accepted a new constitution. This act of defiance sparked demonstrations of support and, less than a month later, a mob in Paris stormed the prison at Bastille.

Salle du Jeu de Paume can only be discovered through a guided tour, so contact the site ahead of time or stop by a booking office for more information. Choose to start, finish, or center your holiday on a trip to Salle du Jeu de Paume by using our Versailles vacation generator.
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  • Quite a plain and outwardly insignificant building, but once you get inside and appreciate the events that took place here it is well worth the time to have a look around. The interpretation is not te...  more »
  • near the Castle, the room of the Jeu de Paume surprises by his modesty, when we know the famous picture of David, and the historical importance of this place. Everything is very well explained, and she remained "in its own juice" which is very significant.
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  • Very nice visit, explanations are very well made and well retrace what happened in this room.
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  • Great history. The location of the tennis court oath, this free museum should be on any history nerds agenda
  • This is a very convenient (especially if you travel by rail) although overlooked museum about the crazed French Revolutionaries that probably massacred far more peasants and other revolutionaries than aristocrats. If you see Versailles and are astounded by the immense grandiosity and expense, then it would only make sense to visit this museum to ponder what followed. The museum stands in the Royal Tennis Court just outside the gates of Versailles, just steps from where the Revolution culminated decisively against the "Ancient Regime" (as it was called). Moreover, the Revolutionaries had actually thought of using this Royal Tennis Court site as a memorial to the Revolution, so it is very significant location.
  • Walk from the Palace of Versailles 10 minutes or so. It's very important places in the history of the great revolution of France. In the musical, "1789, the Bastille lovers come out. Not in France, Jeux de paume (Palm play) is used in the bracket, was hitting the ball in the Palm of your hand. Admission free, but not open only noon. Royal Plantation was cultivated the ingredients used in the cooking of the Palace of Versailles is located so you have time to recommend stopping by.
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  • Interesting to visit more input is free, it is 5 minutes walk from the Château de Versailles however some walls should be renovated.
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