Tuesday, 16 July 2013

La Salle du Jeu de Paume

Here are two views of the former royal tennis court where one of the major events of the French Revolution took place. In those days, tennis was called 'palm game' and the players would have been watched from the gallery!

Voici deux vues de la salle du jeu de paume, l'ancêtre du tennis, salle où se tint le serment du jeu de paume. La deuxième photo montre la galerie d'où les spectateurs pouvaient regarder !

17 comments:

Sylvia K said...

Great shots and how interesting to learn about tennis matches at the time of the revolution!! Always enjoy learning some history!! Hope you have a great week, Ciel!

Olivier said...

un endroit important dans l'histoire de France.

Small City Scenes said...

I cannot imagine tennis indoors with all those fancy people. and where did CDP and mid month theme day.
As always your pictures are fascinating. MB

Michelle said...

How elegant for tennis!

Jack said...

Your first photo is very nicely composed. Isn't this the same name as one of the galleries of the Louvre? Was it also originally a tennis court?

Wayne (Woody), whatever said...

and people make a fuss over Wimbledon!

Randy said...

A little fancy for a tennis court.

Cezar and Léia said...

Beautiful!I love the tilted picture!
bisous
Léia

llandudnopictures said...

Wonderful arena, very atmospheric!

JM said...

Wonderful room. Love it!

Bergson said...

il faudrait reprendre quelques serments

Lowell said...

I never knew that "real tennis" originated so long ago in France! That is one beautiful court and gallery! Thank you for sharing this.

Lowell said...

Re your promise: We'll call you as soon as we arrive. BTW, we get lots of rain here, at least this year; it's raining almost every afternoon. The storms yesterday knocked me off the Internet last night and knocked out our a/c. Fortunately it wasn't that hot yesterday and the a/c repair person is coming this morning! :)

Tanya Breese said...

wow how interesting and of course, the french even make tennis beautiful!

PerthDailyPhoto said...

Super shots Ciel, I can't remember the name of the film but there was a scene of an indoor tennis game, think it was English..but similar in that there was a gallery. So different from tennis games now, wonder if they made as much noise as they do now :) It probably wasn;t quite so hard hitting back then.
OMG your traffic sounds horrendous, that's a very long time to get from A to B oui!

VP said...

What a beautiful hall! I really like your first photo: it makes it even more solemn...

EG CameraGirl said...

Fascinating history of the game of tennis!