Tennis court in versailles. Is a city in the yvelines departement in the ile de france region renowned worldwide for the chateau de versailles and the gardens of versailles designated unesco world heritage siteslocated in the western suburbs of the french capital 171 km 106 mi from the centre of paris versailles is in the 21st century a wealthy suburb of paris with a. It was a pivotal event in the french revolution. Serment du jeu de paume vowing not to separate and to reassemble wherever circumstances require until the constitution of the kingdom is established. Composed of the palace the gardens the park the trianon estate and several buildings in town today the estate of versailles spreads over more than 800 hectares.
On 20 june 1789 the members of the french third estate who had begun to call themselves the national assembly took the tennis court oath french. I propose that we deliberate on what action to take under such tumultuous circumstances. I do not need to tell you in what a grievous situation the assembly finds itself. It was first a hunting lodge then a seat of power and finally from the 19th century onwards a museum.