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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  • August 4, 2017
    A bit disappointing at first glance the room is simple but what more normal for a gym at the origin. However, get back into the moments that forged the foundations of our Republic made me vibrate. It's free there take there kids!
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  • July 24, 2017
    The Tennis Hall is a symbol history. It is of course one of the must-see places of the Castle.
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  • July 21, 2017
    Originally Royal balls to the walls of the room while banging, Palm's bracket instead seems to have had the play Jeu the paume in the sense of the Palm of your hand. That is why this name is left. 228 years ago 6/20 at this location in front of are all shown in the painting, the unity and from there was that during the revolution go talk about it, but my husband and I this place will be near the Bastille in Paris thought. I found this site yesterday, after reading in the hotel room was. Or left a note signed by all, free of charge, and the Palace crowd of onlookers during the like but did not, take a little breath, everyone moving in another sense there was.
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  • July 13, 2017
    Great experience seeing where an important event from the French revolution started. There is few people there since all the crowds are at Versailles castle.
  • September 3, 2017
    An outstanding memorial to an event which changed modern history
  • January 26, 2017
    A lot of interesting history, worth seeing
  • August 14, 2016
    Great history. The location of the tennis court oath, this free museum should be on any history nerds agenda
  • January 17, 2017
    A must see in Versailles : the french republic started here !

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Where to stay in Versailles

Though you can visit the palace of Versailles on a day trip from Paris, travelers interested in exporing outside the château should consider staying in the town of Versailles, Rambouillet, or Fontainebleau. All three of these boast historical centers and a number of accommodations for visitors, from swanky hotels to short-term apartment rentals. You may want to avoid the other nearby towns, like Senlis, which don't offer any lodging in their old town centers. To put yourself within walking distance of the grand palace, pick a spot along the main avenue in the town of Versailles. When staying here, you can experience first-hand what city planners took into consideration when building this new capital.
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