The Hermitage, Cat Island

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#1 of 13 in Historic Sites in Out Islands
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. Arrange your visit to The Hermitage and discover more family-friendly attractions in Cat Island using our Cat Island travel route website .
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  • This was a really cool site, built by hand by a hermit/monk. The stone work was interesting and the views of the surrounding country side and ocean were good.  more »
  • Father Jerome was the "hermit" who built this mini-monestary and a few other churches on the island. He must have had a really interesting story. There's no one "running" this site so we just pulled u...  more »
  • The Climb up Como Hill was awesome and the view spectacular! The detail on the building was a master piece.  more »

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