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Worth a Look For a Moment of History

An interesting building re the real tennis aspect and the fact this is where the French Revolution... read more

Reviewed September 17, 2018
Caron M
Bedfordshire, United Kingdom
Here Monarchy became doomed

If you love history, the French Revolution has few more poignant places than the site of the... read more

Reviewed June 25, 2018
Rod H
Melbourne, Australia
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Location of the meeting place of the Third Estate in 1789, where the "Tennis Court Oath" act of defiance was the starting point for the rebellion that led to the storming of the Bastille.
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

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 were put there afterwards for tourists.

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Reviewed September 17, 2018

An interesting building re the real tennis aspect and the fact this is where the French Revolution began. It opens at 2pmish and is free.

Thank Caron M
Reviewed July 15, 2018

In contrast to the famous palace, which is only a stone's throw away, this place is under-visited but really interesting. It is free to enter with quite a lot of relevant information.

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Reviewed June 25, 2018

If you love history, the French Revolution has few more poignant places than the site of the Declaration of the Tennis Court and the establishment of the Estates General. Simultaneously evoking the leisure pursuits of Royaly and the rebellion against unfettered power of kings, this...More

Thank Rod H
Reviewed June 16, 2018

We stopped by this renovated Jeu de Paume where French history is clearly and easily explained. It doesn't take a long time and it is certainly worth going. Entry is free of charge.

Thank caroline2
Reviewed March 30, 2018

Well worth a visit, this indoor 'tennis court' played a significant part in the French Revolution. Interesting that many of those taking part had heads chopped off by the guillotine, the inventor of which has his bust displayed

Thank Norman W
Reviewed February 11, 2018

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 simple, functional building, though the windows...More

Thank David M
Reviewed July 17, 2017

The origin of tennis was in France. This is one of the oldest of the indoor courts of "jeu de paume", originally played without racquets (with palms of hand). Later played with racquets, now known as "real tennis". This court was used by French nobility...More

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Reviewed May 2, 2017

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.

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Reviewed December 9, 2016

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 the National Assembly, found the chamber door locked and guarded...More

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