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Jeu de Paume

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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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Rue Jeu de Paume, Versailles, France
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Reviewed November 2, 2018 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.

Date of experience: December 2017
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Reviewed October 3, 2018

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 to if you use Google Maps. I was shocked...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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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.

Date of experience: September 2018
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.

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank whiteknight56
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

Date of experience: June 2018
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.

Date of experience: June 2018
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

Date of experience: March 2018
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

Date of experience: February 2018
Thank David M
Reviewed November 11, 2017 via mobile

If visiting Versailles, don't miss the tennis court that hosted a turning point in French history. While hundreds queued for the palace, I went early expecting lines here and found none. I experienced this space vibrating as it does with history and was wowed. Do...More

Date of experience: November 2017
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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

Date of experience: July 2017
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