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HERMITAGE

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A built or natural feature in a secluded location, used as a retreat or resting place.

Related Terms

Term Note
ANCHORITE CELL A small dwelling for the solitary confinement of a pious reclusive religious man or monk, often attached to the north wall of a church. A squint enabled the occupant to witness the Mass.
GROTTO An artificial cave or cell, often decorated with stalactites and shells. Most were constructed as garden features in the grounds of large 18th century houses.

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