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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 #10 of 66 things to do 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
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Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 8:00 pm
Owner description: Ancient church built over 1,000 years ago.

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Coopersburg, Pennsylvania
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

Ireland is full of wonderful places - the Gallarus Oratory is magical. How can one not be impressed and moved by such an amazing structure that has stood for a thousand years. A stirring experience.

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Rochester, New York
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74 attraction reviews
59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Our Wolfhound Tour made a stop here, had heard about corbelling technique used long ago and to see this un-mortered 1300 yr. old structure up close and personal was fascinating. We tried to imagine getting the stones to the location, selecting and chipping the stones to place in the construction and have it hold up so long in Irish weather... More 

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Harker Heights, Texas
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33 reviews 33 reviews
14 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 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
37 helpful votes 37 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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89 reviews 89 reviews
21 attraction reviews
47 helpful votes 47 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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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
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
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
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
7 helpful votes 7 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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19 reviews 19 reviews
12 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 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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