Mt.Thabor

The Abbey Mount St. Benedict situated 600 feet above sea level is a significant tourist attraction providing spiritual guidance to Christians and Non Christians. On the entrance to the monastery, there is a large sign written in Latin "PAX" meaning a place where peace reigns. In October'2012, The Abbey of Mount St Benedict celebrated the 100th anniversary.

 In 1911, Abbot Dom Mayeul de Caigny of Brazil wrote to the Archbishop of Port Of Spain John Pius to establish a Benedictine foundation in Trinidad. On the 17th January 1912, Dom Mayeul purchased from Mr Andrew Victoriano Gomez a small estate in the hills called Tunapuna meaning "way of the water". The asking price was 4000 pounds, and the first building was a Tapia hut. The first mass to be celebrated was on the 10th August 1913. During 1912-1918, a church, guesthouse, workshop, living quarters and kitchen constructed. By 1918, the daily crowds increased to such an extent that the monks needed to find a more secluded place for recollection and study.

      Mt. Thabor at 1851 feet above sea level was the location chosen to construct this additional monastery. This was to accommodate young monks studying theology and those seeking seclusion from the daily visitors. By 1922, the mansion at Mt. Thabor contained fifteen rooms, a chapel, a large hall and two towers 40 feet high. Reserved on each side of the tower were the Papal Flag and the Union Jack which could be seen from miles around. This was a place of solitude and the public had to obtain written permission in order to visit.  However, the property became abandoned due to the difficulty to reach there and carry supplies.

Today all left of this majestic building is some concrete ruins. The rugged elements of nature have destroyed the wooden tapia structure. The mountain side venerable to bush fires caused the forestry division to plant pine trees to preserve the forest. The walk will take 35 minutes, but at the top one will be transform into another world. The grandeur of the pine trees and peaceful atmosphere are like no other. The cool breeze blowing across the mountain top creates a relaxing sensation. There are breath-taking views of the surrounding Maracas St. Joseph country-side, the East –West Corridor and the Central Plains. On Sunday 15th September’13, Island hikers family hike to Mt. Thabor   and Mount. St Benedict.

Assembly:  7.00am at Hilo Car Park St. Augustine. Depart at 8.00am

Hiking time to the top 35 minutes

Downhill return:  20 minutes

Rating :3 fair

For details contact Mario749-2956 or islandhikers.com