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Address: Cat Island
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Description: A hike up 63-meter Mt. Alvernia to this small abbey will culminate in a...
A hike up 63-meter Mt. Alvernia to this small abbey will culminate in a panoramic view of Cat Island.
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Hermitage

Built in the early part of the 20th century, this ruin sits atop the highest point in the Bahamas 206' above sea level. It's an easy walk up to the top and the view and ruins are... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 26, 2015
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Burlington, Canada
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Burlington, Canada
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15 reviews 15 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2015 NEW

Built in the early part of the 20th century, this ruin sits atop the highest point in the Bahamas 206' above sea level. It's an easy walk up to the top and the view and ruins are fun to explore.

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Porter Corners, New York, United States
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3 reviews 3 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2015 NEW

Such an amazing treasure so glad we got to see it. From the first moment you see the buildings in the distance it is impressive. Such a beautiful spot to live. The amount of detail and work that went into this is unbelievable. Truly a work of art.

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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015 NEW

My husband and I arrived at the Hermitage late in the day so we did not have a lot of time to spend there. For us the climb up was quite enjoyable and not too strenuous. There was a beautiful sense of mystery and well being in the atmosphere. The sun was going down while we were exploring the Hermitage... More 

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Newport, Rhode Island
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7 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015 NEW

No matter how many times I visit the Hermitage I am in awe of what Father Jerome built to his God! He lived as a hermit and lived a simple life. Climb the bell tower, visit his cooking shed, pray In his chapel and walk the stations of the cross. The view is spectacular and if I ever married again,... More 

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Maryland
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2015

A bit of a trek up but with two options to climb not too difficult. Wear sturdy shoes due to loose trail rock. Drive to the base, walk up and around to the rear on a trail or climb up the steep hand cut/ laid stone. Kids will love the climb and exploration. Bring lunch and take trash w you-... More 

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Tallahassee, FL
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5 reviews 5 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

This was an amazing location. The view was awesome and the history of the location is interesting. It is a hike so be prepared.

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Naples, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2015

its was a special place with history and love ,dedication of a human for his fellow banking. we liked it all ,special story here. a piece of dreams and what if's

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015

The views were terrific, almost didn't go, but glad we didn't miss it! The hike wasn't bad but make sure you wear good shoes as it's very rocky.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

It is the highest point in the Bahamas at 206ft above sea level, and it's a quick walk. Really neat architecture resembling a miniature church that was actual used. Stations of the cross hand carved in the rocks and sides of the hill on the walk up that are amazing. And Olive's bakery is just around the corner, great breads... More 

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McKinney, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015

You park at almost sea level and then hike up the 206 feet through forested and rocky pathways. There are some very steep stairs to climb and some of the rocks are very loose. When you reach the top you realize that the layout is in 3/4 scale and everything is usable, just smaller than it should be. It was... More 

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