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Jeu de Paume

Rue Jeu de Paume, Versailles, France
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Well worth a visit, this indoor 'tennis court' played a significant part in the French Revolution... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Norman W
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Milton Keynes, United Kingdom
Modest building down a side street

The tennis court is of course a gem for tennis fans (I guess Westminster Hall in London might be... read more

Reviewed 12 February 2018
David M
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Vero Beach, Florida
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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 3 weeks ago

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

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Reviewed 12 February 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

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Reviewed 17 July 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 2 May 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 9 December 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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Reviewed 31 October 2016

Quite a plain and outwardly insignificant building, but once you get inside and appreciate the events that took place here it is well worth the time to have a look around. The interpretation is not terribly good so you need a good grasp of French,...More

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Reviewed 4 June 2016 via mobile

For the birthplace of French democracy it's not I. Great shape. Peeling plaster and a general air of neglect prevail. If you're interested in the French Revolution it's a must see, otherwise it's more of an oddity than an attraction.

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Reviewed 4 December 2015

But I must say- it's definitely worth seeing. Almost impossible to meet any turist around there, as it's not in the centre of great attractions. But if you know what happened there- you should go. It may not be as impressive as the Palace, but...More

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Reviewed 1 November 2015

Contrary to what seemed to be the official opening times, the doors of the Jeu de Paume were firmly closed. Several people, like us, tried to have a look inside, but neither knocking nor ringing the doorbell made any difference. The opening hours of the...More

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Reviewed 10 September 2015 via mobile

We visited to see this ancient court which has been turned into a museum to French democracy. The dedans end of the room has been turned over to an installation by Anish Kapoor so we were unable to see the whole court. An interesting side...More

Thank Tina M
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