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  • Exhibitions


    Exhibition program at the palace of Versailles

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  • Extramural Exhibitions


    Discover the extramural exhibitions of the Palace of Versailles

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  • Festivities and Entertainment

    The infinite variety and ingenuity of entertainment provided at Court.

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  • The publications

    Catalogue of the publications of the palace of Versailles

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  • Salles Louis XIV


    In prelude to the visit to the Grands Apartements, the restored Louis XIV Rooms are now open.

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  • The Coach Gallery

    Reopening on 10 May 2016

    The collection of coaches will be exhibited in an entirely redesigned space.

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  • Redevelopment of the Pavillon

    A new visitors’reception area

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  • The Queen's State Apartment

    Closed for works

    New visitor tour from 5th January 2016

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  • Versailles in photo in CDG

    A photo exhibition dedicated to the Palace of Versailles organized in the airports of Paris

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  • Restoration and refurnishing

    Restoration and refurnishing works at the palace of Versailles

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  • The acquisitions of the Palace

    The last acquisitions of the palace of Versailles

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  • Archaeology in Versailles

    20 years of archaeological excavations in Versailles

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  • Symposiums and workshops

    The scientific activities of the Centre de recherche du château de Versailles

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  • Concerts in videos

    Discover the concerts recorded at the Palace of Versailles

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  • Centre de musique baroque

    Missions and program for the musical season

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  • Equestrian Show Academy

    A centre for equestrian shows and training, directed by Bartabas

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  • Versailles Festival 2016

    Versailles Festival 2016

    Concerts, operas, masked balls and shows : discover the programmation.

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The first Meetings of the Jeu de Paume



Three days of conferences, opened to everybody, 18, 19 and 20 June 2010

Democr@tic opinion, from the century of the Enlightenment to “short-circuit democracy”. 18, 19 and 20 June – Salle du Jeu de Paume, Versailles. Free access on registration, limited seats.

The Jeu de Paume Oath was the founding event of our democracy. It was in the Salle du Jeu de Paume (Jeu de Paume room) of Versailles that, on 20 June 1789, the deputies of the Third Estate, along with some deputies of the Clergy and the Nobility, took the oath not to separate before giving France a constitution.

The President of the Public Establishment of the Museum and National Estate of Versailles, Jean-Jacques Aillagon, wishes to make this key place in the history of our country into an annual venue for a debate on the conditions of the practice of democracy today.

The angle of approach adopted for this first gathering is the relationship between the new modes of communication and how opinions are expressed in a democracy. Do opinion polls, the Internet, blogs, public consultations, round tables, the actions of non-profit organisations, national conferences whether institutionalised or not, and the stands taken by the media etc. help to enrich or to hinder representative democracy at the start of the 21st century? While the classic questions relating to the voting systems, how citizens are represented by elected members of assemblies, and the action of political parties are still important and topical issues, the questions tackled during this first “Jeu de Paume Conference” will explore to what extent all these new means of communication and expression have modified the context in which democracy is practised.

The programme of this conference was drawn up by Yves Michaud, philosopher and organiser of the Université de tous les savoirs (a “people’s university of all knowledge”), founded by Jean-Jacques Aillagon, when he chaired the mission for the celebration of the year 2000, and developed by Yves Michaud who has continued to organise its proceedings each year since then.

The first Jeu de Paume Conference benefits from partnerships with: Le Monde, Lemonde.fr, France culture, Public Sénat, Cerimes and Samsung


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