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.
The Château des Rohan in Pontivy
Coat of arms
|Coordinates: 48°04′09″N 2°57′41″W|
|• Mayor (2008—2014)||Jean-Pierre Le Roch|
|24.85 km2 (9.59 sq mi)|
|• Density||630/km2 (1,600/sq mi)|
|Time zone||UTC+01:00 (CET)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC+02:00 (CEST)|
|Elevation||48–192 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.|
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"). 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.
This is a largely agricultural town.
Inhabitants of Pontivy are called Pontivyens.
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.
The town maintains twinning links with:
- "Populations légales 2016". INSEE. Retrieved 25 April 2019.
- Commune de Pontivy: Etude Normative des Toponymes . "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2011-10-02. Retrieved 2011-08-01.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
- (in French) Ofis ar Brezhoneg: Des plaques de rue bilingues à Pontivy
- (in French) Ofis ar Brezhoneg: Enseignement bilingue
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Pontivy.|
- Official website (in French)
- French Ministry of Culture list for Pontivy (in French)
- Map of Pontivy on Michelin (in English)