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. 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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  • Worth the climb up the hill and a very reflective and inspirational place to visit - a rare find in The Bahamas  more »
  • The Hermitage and its story are quite remarkable. Check the history on Wikipedia. That one man by himself did this is impressive. Worth the time and the hike  more »
  • Enjoyed the Easter Stations of the Cross and meeting locals and tourists who were visiting at that time. Be sure to sign the book. The view is simply breathtaking and the stories of Fr Jerome are very...  more »
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