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Gallarus Oratory

8 km (5 mi) northeast of Ballyferriter on R559, Dingle, Ireland
353-66-915-5333
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Ranked #6 of 30 Attractions in Dingle
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Ancient Ruins, Religious Sites
Description: Ancient church built over 1,000 years ago.
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Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
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108 reviews 108 reviews
51 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014 NEW via mobile

Don't miss this. One of the oldest examples of dry masonry. Just an amazing place and very peaceful.

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Denver, Colorado
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

One of the very few examples of an intact stone beehive structure in Europe. We were lucky to get there ahead of the tour groups, so we basically had the place to ourselves.

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Senior Contributor
44 reviews 44 reviews
17 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

Everyone has seen pictures, they don't do it justice. Make sure you drive past the first sign which has a nice entrance but they charge to see this beauty. It is a private establishment. The country has a nice entrance up the road where you walk a short distance and enter compared to the pay entrance, and it's free.

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Anacortes, Washington
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14 reviews 14 reviews
5 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014 NEW

What an incredible site! It's incredible to think this structure was built about 1,300 years ago with such precision. Well worth a visit!

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Tipperary, Tipperary, Ireland
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014 NEW

gallarus Oratory was a fantastic experience, i would reccomend everyone to go and see it. it really made me appreciative of irish history. the price was excellent at just €, the staff were also very nice and humble and even sang a song with me. i will definetly be back for a visit and a repeat of 'show me the... More

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Rochester
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27 reviews 27 reviews
6 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014 NEW

Beautiful location and great visit to this fascinating historic building. Could have skipped the video presentation.

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Simpsonville, South Carolina
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130 reviews 130 reviews
32 attraction reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

The stonework is incredible - every stone is shaped to fit perfectly together without mortar, and sloped slightly downward on the outside to shed water. The inside was completely dry! So well preserved after over 1,000 years! You can visit without paying a fee.

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Karlsruhe, Baden-Württemberg, Germany
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

I am always skeptical about paying entrance fee for monuments which sometimes turn out to be a pile of rubble but this was well worth the minimal charge. There was a very informative audio-visual film beforehand with lovely aerial shots that gave you a bird's eye view of the landscape and filled in the necessary historical background. A short walk... More

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Tulsa, Oklahoma
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101 reviews 101 reviews
28 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

Quick stop to see 1300 hundred year old oratory. Perfect specimen of early chapel. Beautiful site , so easy to pull off road and tour.

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Den Bosch, The Netherlands
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159 reviews 159 reviews
66 attraction reviews
86 helpful votes 86 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

This was the most interesting of the ruins along Slea Head drive. It takes a bit of work to find the entrance, and once we did we realized that we found the FREE entrance. The other more built-up entrance is where the tour busses and the fees are paid. The free entrance is on the same street as Sinead Lough... More

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