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The Hermitage, Cat Island

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Head to the highest point in all of The Bahamas and visit The Hermitage, a scale replica of a 12th-century church built by English architect John Hawes, who spent the last 17 years of his life in the country. The church was handmade from little more than stone and wood. Head inside the bell tower and find the old bell with a rope still attached. Inside the church, find little more than a small shrine, Jesus Christ on the cross, and an old chair, probably the same chair from when the church was built. In the courtyard, find a sundial and tell the time the old-fashioned way. Plan your The Hermitage visit and explore what else you can see and do in Cat Island using our Cat Island trip itinerary planner.
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  • Una breve camminata tra le fresche frasche vi separa da questo monastero gotico sul punto più alto delle Bahamas. Vale la pena una visita anche solo per osservare l'isola a 360°. 
  • A cool, small structure with stunning views of Cat Island. Definitely take the walk up the more direct route with illustrations of Christ's journey to crucifixion. Given the lack of real cultural attr...  more »
  • A very short walk but it can be a little tough if you have kids. We really enjoyed the hike and seeing what the builder accomplished on this remote mountain top!