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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 26 Attractions in Dingle
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Ancient Ruins, Religious Sites, Cultural
Owner description: Ancient church built over 1,000 years ago.
Attraction details
Type: Ancient Ruins, Religious Sites, Cultural
Hours:
Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 8:00 pm
Owner description: Ancient church built over 1,000 years ago.

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Atlanta, Georgia
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10 reviews 10 reviews
5 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2014 NEW

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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13 reviews 13 reviews
8 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 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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18 reviews 18 reviews
11 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 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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100 reviews 100 reviews
40 attraction reviews
65 helpful votes 65 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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Australia
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4 reviews 4 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

This was a really interesting place to visit and i'm glad we decided to stop there on our way around the Dingle Peninsula. We visited in late October so we missed the crowds and it was really lovely and peaceful. I am always so amazed and fascinated how structures like these stand the test of time, it's so wonderful to... More 

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San Antonio, Texas
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18 reviews 18 reviews
9 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

For the archeology student or the history buff, this site is fascinating. The film presentation is very helpful in explaining what is known about the area, from the language, which has not been deciphered the standing stones, and the construction technique used to create the oratory.

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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136 reviews 136 reviews
66 attraction reviews
59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

This was from around 400 AD, it looks like an upside down boat but the structure of rock is amazing. The engineering of this church is truly awesome.

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Seattle, Washington
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23 reviews 23 reviews
10 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2014

Apparently these beehive huts are sprinkled throughout so you must see one up close before leaving. My husband has been coming here since he was a child and wanted to share it with me. It was a windy and wet day but as soon as you enter the hut it was warm, quiet, and dried. He said you used to... More 

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Buffalo, New York
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37 reviews 37 reviews
28 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2014

No tours as it was mid-October. Saw it as part of a jaunt around the Dingle Peninsula (which was really beautiful).

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