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Gallarus Oratory

Address: 8 km (5 mi) northeast of Ballyferriter on R559, Dingle, Ireland
Phone Number: 353-66-915-5333
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Ranked #5 of 35 Attractions in Dingle
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Ancient Ruins, Religious Sites, Sights & Landmarks
Owner description: Ancient church built over 1,000 years ago.
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Type: Ancient Ruins, Religious Sites, Sights & Landmarks
Hours:
Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 8:00 pm
Owner description: Ancient church built over 1,000 years ago.

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Harker Heights, Texas
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22 reviews 22 reviews
9 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015

You don't have to be an engineer or architect to value the design of this ancient structure and its surroundings. The piled stones and green all around inspire a sense of deep reflection and reverence for the generations of Irish people who lived and worked here. If you go to Dingle, this is a definite place to visit..

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Colorado
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70 reviews 70 reviews
18 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015

This is one of Ireland's earliest churches. Apparently built with stones but no mortar, it is still waterproof. If for no other reason, it is interesting to see a monument that has been there for more than seven centuries!

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Coeur d'Alene, Idaho
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23 reviews 23 reviews
15 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015

The building is somewhat out of the way and stands essentially alone. The construction of the building (using sand and stone without any mortar) is interesting and impressive, especially considering the unique shape. We had plenty of time while we were out driving, so we didn't regret visiting it. If you are doing a driving tour of the Dingle Peninsula... More 

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Halifax, Canada
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18 attraction reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2015

There is so much history and so many great examples of great architecture in Ireland, and Dingle in particular. I wish we had have saved our time and money and skipped this one... Certainly not something we consider a highlight of the area.

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Palaiseau, Île-de-France, France
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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2014

The oratory itself is in good shape, and a good example of early architecture... But the place has nothing special, and there is not much to see! I was disappointed and would recommend other activities around..

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Atlanta, Georgia
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10 reviews 10 reviews
5 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2014

We drove our car around the Ring of Dingle and this structure was the most interesting of the day! Amazing at how watertight the stones are being as there is no mortar!

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Hanover Township
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12 reviews 12 reviews
7 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2014

It was very interesting on the way they designed it and the feeling of touching the stones and imaging what it was like back then, it was so peaceful.

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Kentucky
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

A storm was brewing and we waited it out in this ancient structure; safe and dry. What an experience!

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Wilmington, NC
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30 reviews 30 reviews
13 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2014

We visited the site as part of a tour with Tim Collins. He was very knowledgeable and shared a lot of historical information.

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Fort Collins, CO
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102 reviews 102 reviews
40 attraction reviews
68 helpful votes 68 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

The Gallarus Oratory is an early Christian church (7th-8th century) completely made of stone and it is described as resembling an upturned boat. It was a little difficult to find the free parking lot, but once we did, the walk through fuchsia bushes about 12 feet high on either side was beautiful. To get to the Gallarus, we walked through... More 

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