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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  • It's an interesting place, it's nice to get there to find out. In addition, admission is free. However attention to dust!
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  • Free tour. Enjoy, be curious! Take the detour to enter this high place in our history.
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  • 200 m from the Castle, the room is quickly visited. There is reading material, drawings, objects. What is beautiful, is the emotion that you feel when you walk because we recognize immediately this mythical place saw in the livre and movies. To see absolutely.
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  • Well worth the visit. Full of revolutionary history.
  • 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.
  • An outstanding memorial to an event which changed modern history
  • 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

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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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