Mount Alvernia

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to navigation Jump to search
Mount Alvernia
The Hermitage, Cat Island, Bahamas.jpg
The Hermitage on the summit of Mount Alvernia
Highest point
Elevation63 m (207 ft)[1]
Prominence63 m (207 ft)[1]
ListingCountry high point
Coordinates24°17′39″N 75°24′30″W / 24.29417°N 75.40833°W / 24.29417; -75.40833Coordinates: 24°17′39″N 75°24′30″W / 24.29417°N 75.40833°W / 24.29417; -75.40833[1]
Mount Alvernia is located in Bahamas
Mount Alvernia
Mount Alvernia
Location of Mount Alvernia in the Bahamas

Mount Alvernia (formerly Como Hill) is located on Cat Island in the Bahamas and is the highest point in the country at 63 metres (207 ft) above sea level. The mountain shares its name with a school in Montego Bay, Jamaica.

Originally named "Como Hill", it was renamed Mount Alvernia after La Verna, the hill in Tuscany where St. Francis of Assisi received the Wounds of the Cross.[2] The mountain was given its name by a Catholic priest, Monsignor John Hawes, also known as Fra Jerome, who built a hermitage there. Hawes was an Englishman who spent the last 17 years of his life in the Bahamas. He was a qualified architect before entering the church, and did a great deal of architectural work for the church throughout the Bahamas.


  1. ^ a b c "Mount Avernia" on Peakbagger Retrieved 24 September 2021
  2. ^ "The Hermitage on Mount Alvernia" Retrieved 24 September 2011