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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 #5 of 30 attractions in Dingle
Type: Ancient Ruins, Religious Sites
Description: Ancient church built over 1,000 years ago.
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Tullamore, Ireland
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94 reviews 94 reviews
19 attraction reviews
58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2014 NEW

I stopped here with friends in April 2014. The weather was awful but we still managed to see the Oratory and enjoy the video presentation. There is a small fee to see the oratory, video and use the car park. The oratory is a well preserved, small but impressive structure. The video presentation gave useful background information about the oratory... More

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Laives, Italy
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23 reviews 23 reviews
14 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2014 NEW

Very nice and well preserved site. This is the most ancient church in the whole Ireland! A must see stop while your Slea Head costal drive!

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North Attleboro, Massachusetts, United States
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14 reviews 14 reviews
4 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2014

To imagine people gathering to worship in such a structure is simply humbling, never mind the actual simplicity of the architecture.

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Tinahely, Ireland
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2014

beautiful and in tact place of old times. well worth a visit if you are interested in old architecture and buildings.

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Maynooth, Ireland
1 review
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2014

Last weekend I went with my boyfriend to Dingle and we cycled around the peninsula. We stopped here to see the famous site and we are so glad we did. The tickets were only 3 euro and with that we got to see an interesting movie about the history of Gallarus. The toilets provided were very clean, parking was free... More

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Maynooth, Ireland
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2014

While a cycle around the Dingle peninsula with my girlfriend we decided to visit the Gallarus Oratory center. There was a free option up a narrow road; but I decided to pay the mere €3 and was presently surprised at the value for money. Not only is there a video presentation included in the price but a gift shop with... More

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Sarratt
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63 reviews 63 reviews
19 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2014

If you have never heard of 'Thin Places' don't worry, when you come here you will just feel it and understand. This chapel is a beautifully made 6th century marvel and the view is quite incredible. One way and another, if you visit in the off season, arrive via the road at the side (no visitor centre, shop or fake... More

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Marco Island, Florida
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4 reviews 4 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2014

If you drive just past the main entrance and make a right, there is a free parking lot to this extraordinary example of ancient construct.

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Woodstock, Maryland
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7 reviews 7 reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2014

The Gallorus Oratory is tucked into the countryside, just off a main road. We had an unusually bright sunny day and being off season, the site pretty much to ourselves. An easy walk (1/4mile?) from the center, the building is pretty much amazing, ancient and remarkably well preserved. The monks knew a thing or two about building with stone. A... More

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New York City, New York
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10 reviews 10 reviews
8 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2014

Gallarus Oratory is impressive, not only for the look of the stucture, but the stucture inside also. Lots of history attached to this wonderful building in the depths of the countryside. Such an amazing building and very impressive. You can almost imagine the monks praying here so many centuries ago. Its a fantastic building with such a spiritual feel to... More

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