Everything has a beginning 1887. Ramon Tàpies Sin (1824) and Raimonda Cantarell
The founder of the Hostal Víctor was Ramon Tàpies Sin who was born in 1824 and spent his life during the turbulent 19th century with the Carlist wars, the first of which began when he was a 9-year-old boy in 1833, and the end of absolutism with industrialization.
That was a time of change with the inauguration of the Calaf train in 1860, Oliana a village of 1000 inhabitants with a population dedicated mainly to agriculture began to see how the Pyrenees, at that time isolated, in the road trade, as well as an incipient tourism in the most industrialized areas of Catalonia, such as Barcelona.
Ramon Tàpies married with Raimonda Cantarell had two children, Víctor Tàpies Cantarell and Mundeta Tàpies Cantarell, who was married with Joan Patsi. Ramon Tàpies Sin the founder of the Hostal Víctor came from a family with many brothers, he was not the eldest, the eldest was Rosa who was born in 1809 and his cousin Maria Tàpies Artigas was the great-grandmother by the famous 20th century artist Antoní Tàpies (1923-2012).
In 1887 Ramon Tàpies observed the increase of travelers, a place of hoop was needed. The "Posada Antigua", as Hostal Víctor was initially known, offered succulent food as well as accommodation for people and animals. It was located in Cal Mir house located on the other side of the road from the current location.
Víctor Tàpies Cantarell (1860-1928) i Teresa Torres Mir
Victor Tàpies Cantarel son of Ramon Tàpies Sin married with Teresa Torres Mir, they had two sons and four daughters, the Fidel the heir, Francisco who became a priest, Ramona who married Gregory Travé who were from Solivella, Teresina who remained unmarried, Conchita who married the Jaume Llobet of Vilasana and Emelia mother of the founder of the Taurus Francesc Betriu.
In 1920 Victor Tàpies Cantarell bought the Villa's Hostel building from 1775 and demolish it, with the help of Cal Pedret of Peramola, who built the current building Hostal Victor. With the new site, although the car was gradually imposing, on the ground floor the stables were still in existence and the beasts used the fountain source of the square.
Antoni Bartomeu, doctor and composer at a conference in the Centre Excursionista de Catalunya on 17 March 1905 on the roads leading to Sant Joan de l'Erm talks about how life was in Oliana at that time.
"We leave Ponts in the morning at 5.10 am. At 6 o'clock we passed through Tiurana. At 6.45 a.m., Castellnou de Basella village that is extremely lovely and we follow the hill in which it's built and located on the left of the Segre River, while on the right side and top of a hill you see the villages Clua and Bassella at 421meters. Continuing the road we find the cemetery of Basella, and soon we pass the bridge of Salada river, an abundant and permanent river. About 6 km from this bridge is Oliana, where we reach at 7.40. We're going to Hostal Victor, an omelette and a couple of ribs for each one because the morning is cool, we're hungry and we try to treat well."
Fidel Tàpies Torres (1895-1973) and Aurora Solé Travé (1904-1984). Civil War and postwar.
Fidel and Aurora had 3 children, Victor (1921), Maria, who became a cloistered nun in Tarragona, specifically in the Barefoot Carmelites, and Pilar, the eldest, of whom grandchildren is currently in Oliana carrying the Oliva cheese factory. When Fidel and Aurora's children were young, the war began.
The war was not easy for anyone and at Hostal Víctor they also suffered the consequences, Francisco Tàpies, Fidel's brother, was a monk and for fear of being shot he decided to hide with his brother in a barn during months, until they were finally able to cross into Andorra and go to Santiago de Compostela.
There the priest Francisco Tàpies was sent to Lugo where he stood out as a composer musician of the conservatory, he and his brother Fidel spent the whole war in Lugo.
Meanwhile in the Hostal Víctor they were calm enough, Aurora and Fidel’s single sister Teresa took over the business. They were able to prosper thanks to the soldiers who were destined there who often even brought them oil or sugar. Teresa took advantage of the remnants of money they had to renovate tables, sheets or anything that was obsolete.
At the end of the war, Monsignor Francisco and Fidel returned to Oliana, Monsignor Francisco was sent to Tarragona and his sister Teresa accompanied him.
Construction of the Oliana reservoir (1959) and arrival of Carmen Puig Buchaca (1927)
In 1946, work began on the Oliana reservoir, which significantly increased the population in Oliana from 1,000 to 1,800 in a decade, which led to prosperity in the village.
During the construction of the swamp for more than 10 years, Hostal Victor took the opportunity to make renovations. The ground floor was no longer used as a stable in the mid-1950s but was a warehouse where beans, potatoes, corn and oil were stored in bulk with wine barrels.
The increase in work in the restaurant led to the restaurant being moved to the ground floor and to the refurbishment of the Hostal Víctor, in 1952 Fidel's son, Victor married Carmen Puig Buchaca from Cal Viudet d'Alàs . Carmen took charge of the kitchen, a place she still refuses to leave today in 2021. Between 1954 and 1960 Victor and Carmen had 4 children, Carme, Victor, Maria Àngels and Maricè.
The inauguration in 1959 of the Oliana reservoir led Dictator Francisco Franco to lunch at L’Hostal Víctor. In the years following the inauguration of the Oliana reservoir, the road connecting Oliana with Coll de Nargó was built, which kept Oliana’s floating population alive.
Victor Tàpies Solé (1921-1992) and Carmen Puig Buchaca. Taurus 1962.
Once the construction of the road between Oliana and Coll de Nargó was finished, it start a time of crisis in Oliana. Then the kitchen of the Hostal was transformed and modernized by Carmen Puig in order to face the new times to come, in those days began and popularized the 3-course menu (starter, first and second)
The opening of the Taurus company in Oliana meant the industrialization and modernity that the people needed, the population was transformed and there was a lot of work for everyone and Oliana became a prosperous population.
Hostal Víctor was also a part of this boom and the popularity did not take long to arrive and all kinds of weddings and banquets were celebrated. The dining room was renovated and expanded towards Cal Bolet and toilets and showers were installed in most of the rooms. In those years the reforms were continuous
French tourism meant that influences from other cuisines came to our kitchen at the Hostal Víctor as well as changes and improvements that the new clientele demanded, the workers had to get used to speaking in other languages.
Victor and Carmen's children grew up and went to study in Barcelona, once they finished their studies, they stayed to live outside Oliana without ever abandoning their obligations to the hostel. Maria Àngels and Maricè married the first to Pascual Garcia and the second to Albert Agulló.
Carmen Puig Buchaca 1992-Present
Victor Tàpies Solé died in 1992. In those years Oliana suffered a very strong crisis mainly due to the collapse of the Taurus company and many people lost their jobs, Carmen continued to run the business and her children Carme, Victor, Maria Àngels, Maricè and Pascual and Albert also decided to help in the business by combining it with their other jobs outside of Oliana.
So it was decided to remodel the Hostal Victor to face the 21st century. All the rooms were renovated and modernized, but keeping the details of past centuries that take us back to other times. Each of the floors of the Hostel is set in a different way, achieving a different feeling of well-being each time you visit the Hostal Víctor. An elevator was installed and the kitchen was renovated to stop using coal.
Carmen’s children have continued to contribute to the business, Maria Àngels and Pascual have had two children, Pasqual and Guillem and Maricè and Albert, also two children, Alex and Clàudia. Guillem is currently in charge of the business in order to continue the family tradition.
Hostal Víctor is still as alive as ever and eager to live for more than 100 years, always updating itself and attentive to the new needs of their customers. Modernizing and approaching new areas such as social media, online marketing or takeaway. Offering everyone who wants a memory of the past, present and future.
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