History of Hotel Bremon

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History of Hotel Bremon

Hotel Bremon, located in the heart of Cardona, is a living testimony to a rich and complex history dating back to 1831. This date marks the beginning of a legacy of hospitality and commitment to care and education, as it is the year Joaquima de Vedruna and the Cardona Town Council signed an agreement for the arrival of the Carmelite Sisters of Charity in the town. The aim of this agreement was to improve care for the sick at the Hospital de la Caridad de Cardona and to establish a school for the town's girls. However, it was not until 1876 that the Vedruna nuns moved to 15 Cambres Street, which currently houses Hotel Bremon, to continue their benevolence running a convent and school.

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Carmelite Sisters

As Cardona evolved towards the industrialisation of the textile industry, the old fiscal and judicial structures of the Ancien Régime gave way to new administrative structures. In this context, the Carmelite sisters began their welfare and educational work in a building on Sant Miquel Street, which was originally a civil and military hospital. After moving to the Sant Jaume Hospital, the sisters continued their ministrations until 1876 when, due to tensions with the town council, they decided to stop providing care for the sick and to focus exclusively on education.

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Old Congregational School

15 Cambres Street, where Hotel Bremon is located today, housed the congregation's school from 1876 to 1995. The building, which dates back to the first half of the 14th century, was the home of one of Cardona's most prominent families in the first half of the 19th century. Ramon Martí d'Eixalà, an outstanding jurist, was one of its most notable landowners. His death in Madrid marked the beginning of a new era for the building, which was acquired by the Carmelite congregation of the Carmelite Sisters of Charity to establish a school.

Hotel Bremon also pays tribute to the Viscount of Cardona Bremon, a key figure of 1019, the year in which he promoted the construction of the Collegiate Church of Sant Vicenç, a jewel of Catalan Romanesque architecture. This gesture symbolises Hotel Bremon's commitment to its land and its desire to redeem itself for past sins.

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Link between past and present

The transformation of the old school into Hotel Bremon in 2006, under the direction of Eduard Torres, a lover of history and the restoration of old buildings, and with the collaboration of the Duquessa Hotel Collection, symbolises the union of past and present. With its name, the hotel not only celebrates the history and culture of Cardona, but also offers a unique experience to all its visitors, connecting them with the historical and cultural richness of this ancient land.

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