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Sacred place

This is a sacred place. Treat it with the greatest of respect. Your pilgrimage to The Hermitage... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Gothic surprise in the wilderness

Visibly from afar, the sight of the Hermitage drew us near on a winding, climbing small road. The... read more

Reviewed 7 September 2018
Carina B
Deerfield Beach, Florida
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A hike up 63-meter Mt. Alvernia to this small abbey will culminate in a panoramic view of Cat Island.
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All reviews highest point short hike flip flops great hike definitely worth the trip degree view gradual slope wear good shoes well worth the effort nice breeze worth seeing view is amazing bell tower highest peak hand built tiny chapel heritage
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a sacred place. Treat it with the greatest of respect. Your pilgrimage to The Hermitage on Cat Island will remain a magical, spiritual experience for the rest of your life.

Thank SeaDogSailor
Reviewed 7 September 2018

Visibly from afar, the sight of the Hermitage drew us near on a winding, climbing small road. The steep hike up to the monument was somewhat risky (there is a warning sign), but well worth the effort. We truly admired this surprisingly small monastery-look-alike, that...More

Thank Carina B
Reviewed 6 September 2018

Walk up the steps, then walk down the path on the backside. It is really an easy "hike", assuming you have no mobility issues. The trip up seemed to take no time at all. Bring a pen to sign the guestbook!

Thank BeachedRedRaider
Reviewed 24 August 2018

If you read about the guy who built this place (Father Jerome) it is really interesting - he was this multi-gifted architect who came here weary of the world, and helped the people of the island

Thank Twinklebeast
Reviewed 17 August 2018

Amazing to see how much people can love and leave it all behind in order to follow Jesus. If you are Australian you should learn about the life of the Hermitage of Cat Island

Thank Sandra P
Reviewed 4 July 2018 via mobile

Highest elevation on island. Careful climbing up but great views, heritage, etc. Built by a priest to resembles a mini monastery/church in 1939 (?) hard steps up so take the road down if you have bad knees so there is a road you can take...More

Thank J C
Reviewed 26 June 2018

It's an interesting place to explore. You can follow a path to the cave he stayed in to build the hermitage.

Thank Greg C
Reviewed 1 June 2018

Amazing views from the top...easy, short hike, and really cool picture opportunity. A lot of history!

Thank Erin H
Reviewed 13 May 2018

This is a must-see. My husband and I visited Father Jerome Hawes hermitage which took him 7 yrs.to build by hand in the late 1940's. It stands on the highest elevation in the Bahamas. The views are spectacular, great place if you want to photograph...More

Thank Alice H
Reviewed 25 April 2018 via mobile

Very interesting place to hike. Take the steep way up to see the carvings depicting the stations of the cross. The church is interesting to check out and the views from the top are beautiful.

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