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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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atlanta
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49 reviews 49 reviews
18 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014 NEW

This small place of worship has stood the test of time, over a 1000 years, and has remained unchanged all these years. So many other castles and buildings in ruin throughout Ireland and this small structure outlasted them all. It is completely waterproof and the stones placed so perfectly to support the weight of the building. And, of course, it... More

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Peachtree City, Georgia
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169 reviews 169 reviews
65 attraction reviews
100 helpful votes 100 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014

it was worth it to pay the fee to see the movie and take the tour. there is a shorter walk to oratory but you miss out on seeing the movie.

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Senior Contributor
35 reviews 35 reviews
7 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014 via mobile

i do not consider a trip to Dingle complete without visiting The Gallarus. I have been to this area many times and always make a point of visiting this wonderful site. When you arrive there is ample parking, and a reception area where you purchase tickets at €3 per person. I would recommend that you first visit the audio visual... More

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Illinois, United States
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2014

This intact oratory that can be entered for a visit lets you feel what it might have been like to attend it in days long past. Nice background info provided as well.

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San Jose, California
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13 reviews 13 reviews
8 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2014

Stayed here longer than I expected, which is a good sign. There was a minimal admission fee but I used my OPW Heritage card for that. Somehow missed the Ogham stone slab situated next to it! Picked up two Celtic Ogham 'zodiac' necklaces...this was a great buy as I was not able to find anything similar elsewhere.

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Highland, California
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8 reviews 8 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2014

This ancient church is an amazing piece of architecture. The stones are so well placed that it's watertight, yet so old! A must see. I also enjoyed the pathway to the site - lined in fuschia hedges in full bloom

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Richmond, Virginia, United States
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2014

Interesting place to visit. I would recommend visiting it as a side trip while on the way.Like much of the country, reading on the historical background is a great idea.

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Pittsburg, Texas
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40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014

This little building is amazing and a tribute to a skilled stone mason hundreds of years prior. It is exquisitely built and truly a work of art in a gorgeous setting.

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Sydney, Australia
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22 reviews 22 reviews
20 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014

A wonderfully preserved structure built solely of cut stone from the local area. Each stone is neatly fitted and layered so provide water run-off from the roof and walls. A single entry doorway and a single window are the only openings. Considered to be of early christian origin as a place of prayer or simply a shelter. Evidence of a... More

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Seattle, Washington
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11 attraction reviews
90 helpful votes 90 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2014

OK, very early architecture…just stones piled atop one another creating a completely waterproof oratory. Worth a detour.

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