Pontivy

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Pontivy

Pondi
The Château des Rohan in Pontivy
The Château des Rohan in Pontivy
Coat of arms of Pontivy
Coat of arms
Location of Pontivy
Pontivy is located in France
Pontivy
Pontivy
Pontivy is located in Brittany
Pontivy
Pontivy
Coordinates: 48°04′09″N 2°57′41″W / 48.0692°N 2.9614°W / 48.0692; -2.9614Coordinates: 48°04′09″N 2°57′41″W / 48.0692°N 2.9614°W / 48.0692; -2.9614
CountryFrance
RegionBrittany
DepartmentMorbihan
ArrondissementPontivy
CantonPontivy
IntercommunalityPontivy Communauté
Government
 • Mayor (2008—2014) Jean-Pierre Le Roch
Area
1
24.85 km2 (9.59 sq mi)
Population
(1999)2
13,508
 • Density540/km2 (1,400/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+01:00 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+02:00 (CEST)
INSEE/Postal code
56178 /56300
Elevation48–192 m (157–630 ft)
(avg. 60 m or 200 ft)
1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km2 (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries. 2 Population without double counting: residents of multiple communes (e.g., students and military personnel) only counted once.

Pontivy (French pronunciation: ​[pɔ̃tivi]; Breton: Pondi) is a commune in the Morbihan department in Brittany in north-western France. It lies at the confluence of the river Blavet and the Canal de Nantes à Brest.

History[edit]

A monk called Ivy built a bridge nearby over the river Blavet in the 7th century, and the town is named after him ("pont-Ivi" being the Breton for "Ivy's bridge").[1] From November 9, 1804, the name was changed to Napoléonville after Napoléon Bonaparte, under whom it had around 3,000 inhabitants. After his downfall, it was renamed Pontivy again, then later Bourbonville, and Napoléonville again after Napoléon III came to power.

Economy[edit]

This is a largely agricultural town.

Demographics[edit]

Inhabitants of Pontivy are called Pontivyens.

Breton language[edit]

The municipality launched a linguistic plan through Ya d'ar brezhoneg on 8 August 2004. As part of that plan, all road signs in the town centre are bilingual.[2]

In 2008, 11.34% of the children in the town attended the bilingual schools in primary education.[3]

Sights[edit]

  • The castle of Rohan (with its moat) (late XVe).
  • The Notre-Dame-de-Joie basilica. [Basilica:[1]
  • The Saint Joseph church. [Eglise St. Joseph:[2]

Events[edit]

Twin towns[edit]

The town maintains twinning links with:

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Commune de Pontivy: Etude Normative des Toponymes . "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2011-10-02. Retrieved 2011-08-01.
  2. ^ (in French) Ofis ar Brezhoneg: Des plaques de rue bilingues à Pontivy
  3. ^ (in French) Ofis ar Brezhoneg: Enseignement bilingue

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