a wonderful church in main plaza, notre dame de joie very close to the canal nantes brest and the big parking plaza.
A bit of history
It was rebuilt early on the 16C replacing an older church, and completely transformer end of the 18C thanks to the efforts of the Dukes of Rohan. It conserves nevertheless original parts especially the main tower entrance except the arrow that is dated from 1533.
The interior has an altar in marble and chalk from 1725. It has decorations with statues of saints from the 16C,17C,18C,and 19C of which some come from the old convent of the Recollect of Pontivy,today gone.
page of the city in French with tourist information, it could be translated by such as google
wonderful castle right in town by the river and also a museum of puppets inside of a great collection by the Rohan family descendants who still lives in the castle for generations...
a must to see in the beautiful Morbihan my new department, any questions?
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.
Rebuilt in the late 15th century by the powerful family of Rohan, the Rohan castle is a typical example of military architecture in the late Middle Ages. The most impressed me in this chateau is the water drops from the ceiling and also the imposing staircase.
But too bad, nothing much can be seen in this chateau.
Located near the post, it is the work of Claude de Rohan, the fourth son of Jehan de Rohan II, builder of the present castle. The carved decoration on the amounts of this entry emphasizes the participation of Rohan (fretted columns decorated with twins, the symbol of Rohan). The original church was dedicated to St. Ivy, head of the city. Forgiveness of Our Lady of Joy is held annually on 12 September or the following Sunday the 12th.
Pontivy is on the Nantes-Brest canal and you might like to arrive on a river cruise through the Brittany region - a very tranquil way to enjoy the surrounding peaceful countryside - or take a boat trip through the region.
The unique of office tourism is a boat in this canal.
Walking around in this city is a nice thing to do, and especially walked along the canal... and we can find some history about this canal and the houses around it...
Beside the imposing staircase and the water drops, we can see this impressive decorated fireplaces, and also some paintings about this chateau.