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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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  • A fun little hike up to this historical site where vistas of both coasts are seen. . If you only have time to do ONE thing on the island, it should be this.  more »
  • Just off the main road near the fish fry in Old Bight, a curious miniature chapel. A short uphill walk from the little carpark area brings you to this fascinating place. See what you make of it!!  more »
  • Excellent spot to visit you can appreciate the frugal life that Farther Jerome lived and and the imagine how difficult it must have been to build this place.  more »