Salle du Jeu de Paume

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Salle du Jeu de Paume information

Location
Versailles , France
Address
1 rue du Jeu de Paume
More information
www.versailles-tourisme.com
Prices
entry free, guided tour €9
Opening hours
12.30-5.45pm Tue-Sun, guided tour in French 3pm 1st Sat of month
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In May 1789 Louis XVI convened the États-Généraux, made up of more than 1118 deputies representing the nobility, clergy and the Third Estate (‘common people’), to moderate dissent. Denied entry, the Third Estate’s reps met separately on this 1686-built royal tennis court, formed a National Assembly and took the Serment du Jeu de Paume (Tennis Court Oath), swearing not to dissolve it until Louis XVI accepted a new constitution.

Less than a month later, a mob in Paris stormed the prison at Bastille.