Château de Pontivy

Pontivy, France

According to legend, Pontivy was founded in 685 AD by an English monk called Ivy who built a wooden bridge across the Blavet, giving the town its name – Pont d’Ivy. The town really began to develop in the 12th century when Viscount Rohan settled there and in the 14th century it became the political and administrative capital of the viscounty.

The main site in Pontivy is its château, which overlooks the River Blavet a short walk from the town centre. The present castle was built in 1485 by Viscount Rohan, whose aristocratic line dates back to 1120. The Rohan family seat has seen plenty of action during its 500-year history including being besieged during the Duchy of Brittany War of Independence in 1488 and taken over by Catholic forces during the French Wars of Religion in 1589. The château, which retains many original features, is open to the public and often stages art exhibitions.

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Founded: 1485
Category: Castles and fortifications in France

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Nazila Mais (4 months ago)
A Delightful Sunday Morning in the Countryside. A must see
srgiorf (6 months ago)
Great castle, certainly more interesting when COVID-19 will be finished to get access to indoors.
Tamer Eskandar (12 months ago)
Very nice historic place to visit. Unfortunately you can't go in cos the doors are locked. You could do a Photoshoot for wedding pictures , I have seen people doing that. Can't go wrong if you visited and walked around if you're in Pontivy.
Dayanna Lerma Velasco (2 years ago)
It is a beautiful place, right now it is closed to the public but it is really gorgeous, in fact it has a natural space with a lot of trees where you can go to think, reflect and do a picnic ^^
T0MT0M GAMING (2 years ago)
The castle looked superb from the out side, unfortunately the entrance to the public was closed due to refurbishment
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