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Salle du Jeu de Paume, Versailles

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Historic Site
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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  • This high place of the history of France must be visited as it goes to a pilgrimage! After centuries of absolutism, the new France, democratic before becoming Republican, was born here. The place remained very close to the image that we left the painter David and one has the impression to hear the voice of Bailly, Deputy of Paris, the famous oath that gave birth to the parliamentary monarchy... Only downside: people 2 of hospitality are enough decline! Admission is free although no explanatory brochure has been given to us upon our arrival and when we realized that there was one, we had finished the tour! In leaving my wife in still claimed one, but, got to the hotel, we noticed that the brochure was in English!
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  • The place is obviously symbolic and emotionally charged. However, scenography should clearly be reconsidered to better present the context of oath on 20 June 1789 tennis. Everything is dated in this place... It's hard to project themselves into the story while there is so much to do and say around this date! Like everything about the castle of Versailles, this room is poorly managed. The keeper rushed out at 17:46 while the room closes at 18:00. It's a shame because we were alone in the room and should not be 15 minutes for us to evacuate, even if we were 6. She was eager to get through the day! Even if access to the room is free, it does not explain a closing 15 minutes ahead of the official time. The Castle staff is equal to himself: sitting on his prerogatives, incompetent, unable to communicate with visitors, unable to appreciate at its true value a job in such a place...
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  • This is the game room of palm of Versailles which concluded the oath of tennis, on 20 June 1789. A critical moment of the pre-revolutionary period. On-site, written explanations allow (re) situate the chronology of events, as well as busts of important protagonists. Free access.
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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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