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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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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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  • It is always a moving moment to see the site of the first experiences of modern democracy. It seems obsolete, and yet bearer of a history that lasts still.  more »
  • In this indoor tennis court a pivotal event took place in the early days of the french revolution. In June 1789, members of the estates-general for the Third Estate who had begun to call themselves th...  more »
  • 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 »
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  • 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.
  • A lot of interesting history, worth seeing
  • Great history. The location of the tennis court oath, this free museum should be on any history nerds agenda
  • A must see in Versailles : the french republic started here !
  • Monument of the French History