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. Use our Versailles trip itinerary maker website to arrange your visit to Salle du Jeu de Paume and other attractions in Versailles.
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  • A quiet place dedicated to photography and experimental modern arts. The conferences are good and very educational.
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  • The tennis court is of course a gem for tennis fans (I guess Westminster Hall in London might be, too--I think a tennis ball or two has been discovered in that stately precinct). The Jeu de Plume is a...  more »
  • Interesting discovery. The room is silent despite regular crossings of the visitors and the visit is all the more enjoyable. The room is full of portraits, drawings and information on the important characters in the story. Admission is free so the visit even more worth visiting.
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  • Simple historical place. Every French people should see this place where a constitution of the most known in the world was born.
  • Not much to see unless you want to know about ancient tennis
  • 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.
  • Well worth the visit. Full of revolutionary history.
  • An outstanding memorial to an event which changed modern history
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