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Gallarus Oratory

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Address: 8 km (5 mi) northeast of Ballyferriter on R559, Dingle, Ireland
Phone Number: 353-66-915-5333
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Ancient church built over 1,000 years ago.

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Fascinating Ancient Church

The Gallurus Oratory is fascinating! This ancient church is built of cut stones that are cut to perfectly fit together. It's in a beautiful part of Ireland. Well worth the trip!

5 of 5 starsReviewed 4 days ago
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

The Gallurus Oratory is fascinating! This ancient church is built of cut stones that are cut to perfectly fit together. It's in a beautiful part of Ireland. Well worth the trip!

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Annapolis, Maryland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Honestly, was not awed by this site, perhaps because I had seen it featured on a couple of travel shows, and watched online videos about the structure. The building is worth a look, and the views on this part of the Dingle Peninsula are quite striking. If you're doing Slea Head Drive or are staying nearby, a short stop is... More 

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Ronkonkoma, New York, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Beautiful stop along the Slea Head Drive to see this church built only of Mortar. Then admire the scenery and 5 he harbour. Just before reaching the Oratory there is a road on right turn off go up about 1/2 mile park on side. THE the path which leads you to the church. IT'S ALL FREE.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Great little historical site to stop off in, even if you only have a minute. Went in the rain and was still worth it!

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Limerick, Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2016

We happened to arrive on 31st of December when the parish were meeting for prayers and singing in Irish. We were welcomed in and totally enjoyed the experience. It made our day.

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Hendaye, France
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2016

The oratory is a rather small buiding, but considering it is apparently more than 1000 years old and has survived all this time without any mortar being used it is an amazing piece of architecture. To access you have to pay a small fee at the visitor centre (with souvenir shop) and walk about 100m. It only takes a short... More 

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Northern Virginia, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2015

Well preserved primitive church. Gives one a sense of the depth of Irish history. Well worth a stop.

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Wuppertal, Germany
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2015

… you should take time to stop for a while and visit this impressive piece of Ireland’s clerical history. Other than that, not really worth going. Parking fee is a nuisance, but can be avoided by not using the posted lot.

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Dublin, Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2015

A mystical site in a beautiful area. Incredible to see the construction of this tiny oratory - a true example of craftmanship

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2015 via mobile

We made a special trip to visit the Oratory and glad we did. Not overwhelming, but impressive in its own way. Shop etc. was closed but access to the site still available. Worth a visit.

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