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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{{#coordinates:48.0692|-2.9614|type:city(13508)_region:FR|||||| |primary |name= }}</td></tr><tr class="mergedtoprow"><th scope="row" style="text-align:left">Country</th><td> France</td></tr><tr class="mergedrow"><th scope="row" style="text-align:left">Region</th><td> Brittany</td></tr><tr class="mergedrow"><th scope="row" style="text-align:left">Department</th><td> Morbihan</td></tr><tr class="mergedrow"><th scope="row" style="text-align:left">Arrondissement</th><td> Pontivy</td></tr><tr class="mergedrow"><th scope="row" style="text-align:left">Canton</th><td> Pontivy</td></tr><tr class="mergedrow"><th scope="row" style="text-align:left">Intercommunality</th><td> Pontivy Communauté</td></tr><tr class="mergedtoprow"><th colspan="2" style="text-align:center;text-align:left">Government</th></tr><tr class="mergedrow"><th scope="row" style="text-align:left"> • Mayor (2008—2014) </th><td> Jean-Pierre Le Roch</td></tr><tr class="mergedtoprow"><th scope="row" style="text-align:left">Area1</th><td> 24.85 km2 (9.59 sq mi)</td></tr><tr class="mergedtoprow"><th scope="row" style="text-align:left">Population (1999)2</th><td> 13,508</td></tr><tr class="mergedrow"><th scope="row" style="text-align:left"> • Density</th><td> 540/km2 (1,400/sq mi)</td></tr><tr class="mergedtoprow"><th scope="row" style="text-align:left">INSEE/Postal code</th><td class="adr"> 56178 / 56300</td></tr><tr class="mergedtoprow"><th scope="row" style="text-align:left">Elevation</th><td> Script error: No such module "convert".
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Pontivy (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

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

This is a largely agricultural town.

Demographics

Inhabitants of Pontivy are called Pontivyens.

Breton language

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

  • 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

Twin towns

The town maintains twinning links with:

See also

Pontivy
Pondi
The Château des Rohan in Pontivy
The Château des Rohan in Pontivy
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References

  1. Commune de Pontivy: Etude Normative des Toponymes . http://www.pontivy.fr/pontivy/public/Le_saviez-vous/pontivy-toponymie.pdf
  2. Invalid language code. Ofis ar Brezhoneg: Des plaques de rue bilingues à Pontivy
  3. Invalid language code. Ofis ar Brezhoneg: Enseignement bilingue

External links

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