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Pontoise (France)
region Île-de-France
Department Val d'Oise
Arrondissement Pontoise
Canton Pontoise (main town)
Community association Cergy-Pontoise
Coordinates 49 ° 3 '  N , 2 ° 6'  E Coordinates: 49 ° 3 '  N , 2 ° 6'  E
height 22-87 m
surface 7.15 km 2
Residents 30,767 (January 1, 2017)
Population density 4,303 inhabitants / km 2
Post Code 95300
INSEE code
Website www.ville-pontoise.fr

View from the train station to the Saint-Maclou cathedral

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Pontoise Please click to listen! is a municipality with 30,767 inhabitants (as of January 1, 2017) northwest of the French capital Paris . The inhabitants are called Pontoisiens .


The city of Pontoise is located 28.4 kilometers northwest of Paris city center and forms the old part of the Ville Nouvelle Cergy-Pontoise .


Pontoise is the seat of the prefecture of the Val-d'Oise department . Although the administrative buildings are in the neighboring town of Cergy, Pontoise is considered the capital of Val-d'Oise, while Cergy is the de facto capital. Pontoise is also the administrative seat of the arrondissement of the same name .


Population development in Pontoise

Pontoise is the capital of historic Vexin . It was founded as Pontisara back in Roman times . At that time Pontoise was on the important road between the former Lutetia and Rotomagus ( Rouen ).

Since 1966 the city has been the seat of the diocese of Pontoise . Episcopal church is the Saint-Maclou cathedral .


Pontoise has its own train station, which is well connected to the public transport network of Paris and its suburbs ( RER C and Transilien lines ). There is also the small Pontoise-Cormeilles airport , formerly with a scheduled connection to Brighton / Shoreham.

Culture and sights

See: List of Monuments historiques in Pontoise

Pissarro : L'Hermitage à Pontoise , 1867

During the second half of the 19th century, numerous painters lived and worked in Pontoise and the surrounding area. They include Camille Pissarro , Maximilien Luce , Paul Cézanne , Charles-François Daubigny and Gustave Caillebotte . The Musée Camille Pissarro shows some of the works of these artists in its exhibition. The Musée Tavet-Delacour houses the city's historical collections and the Allée couverte by Dampont from the village of Us, as well as medieval sculptures. The museum also shows the city's modern art collection. In addition to works by Henri Matisse and Jean Arp , an extensive collection of works by Otto Freundlich can be seen here.

The city is also home to the metal band Zuul FX .


  • Festival Baroque de Pontoise: The international baroque music festival takes place in Pontoise every year in September.

Town twinning

Pontoise maintains city ​​partnerships with:

sons and daughters of the town


  • Le Patrimoine des Communes du Val-d'Oise. Flohic Éditions, Volume 2, Paris 1999, ISBN 2-84234-056-6 , pp. 709-739.

Web links

Commons : Pontoise  - collection of images, videos and audio files