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. 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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  • August 8, 2017
    We went in July 2016. There was no one there but us. Steep climb. A bird followed us up and down the climb, squawking incessantly. Almost as if the bird was saying we were not welcome. Weird spiritual...  more »
  • July 24, 2017
    It's a pretty good vertical hike, so flip-flops not a very good idea! Once on top, the view of both Atlantic and Caribbean and surrounding island is rewarding. In seeing the construction of the small ...  more »
  • July 9, 2017
    This is a good experience for those who love history but I do recommend that a climber/hiker wear appropriate shoes such as hiking books or sneakers as the climb up the rocks is very very VERY STEEP.  more »

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