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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  • Nice room although not really impressive from an artistic standpoint. Worth a stop during the visit to the Palace. Like the whole palace, it gives the impression that furniture are not original but...  more »
  • I teach European History and had made it a point to find the place where the French Revolution started. The King's Indoor Court is about halfway between the Palace and the Train Station. Easy to get.....  more »
  • My family and I stayed in Versailles for four days. We tried visiting this place on a Monday, when it was supposed to be open. Apparently somebody very important was visiting, some black limos parked in the street. When we entered we were more or less pushed out by a nervous young man, who obviously was in charge of the visit, and told us "it is closed" in just so many words. No futher explanation or regrets. So what, we are quite relaxed people and had four more days in town. Because we are very interested in the history of the place, we came back the following Thursday. A different guy, with some kind of list in his hand asked as our names and when we said in English that we just liked to visit (mind you, it was supposed to be open that day, again), he AGAIN more or less threw us out with a frown and the three words "it is closed", making us feel like intruders or something. No explanation, no word of regret, no advice when to come back. Apparently they don't want visitors there, so my advice is: Stay away from this place. Which is really a pity because of the historical significance of the place.
  • Simple historical place. Every French people should see this place where a constitution of the most known in the world was born.
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