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Gallarus Oratory

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Address: 8 km (5 mi) northeast of Ballyferriter on R559, Dingle, Ireland
Phone Number: 353-66-915-5333
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Description: Ancient church built over 1,000 years ago.

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Visited Gallarus Oratory over 30 years ago when it wasn't a tourist attraction. It is still worth stopping, but it is disappointing to have to pay to see these historic sites. At... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 29, 2015
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Lawrenceville, New Jersey
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Lawrenceville, New Jersey
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17 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015 NEW

Visited Gallarus Oratory over 30 years ago when it wasn't a tourist attraction. It is still worth stopping, but it is disappointing to have to pay to see these historic sites. At least they gave us a discount as a family of 10, but it was still nearly 20 euro.

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wales
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015 NEW

Missed the video, we were late, but still bowled over by its' very perfection. Humbled by such a simple,clean and lovely structure.

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Perkinston, MS
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015 NEW

Our driver took us to the free parking pathway to the oratory. The pathway was lined with the beautiful fuchsia plant. The oratory is an airtight, no mortar stone building built around 1300 years ago. The planning and craftsmanship that was used to build it really is a marvel for the time and place.

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Toronto, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015 NEW

The Oratory was interesting in that our ancient ancestors built something like this, though the structure and grounds have obviously been rebuilt/redone. Would have preferred something more authentic.

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Charleston, South Carolina
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2015 NEW

We paid the fee to park and see a video as opposed to free parking and no explanation. This structure was amazing. There is no mortar holding it together. Just the design and the stones. It is waterproof and had survived for centuries.

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Seguin, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2015 NEW

I was fascinated by the architecture and engineering of this small, tent-shaped, religious sanctuary. The design and craftsmanship of the stone building has stood the test of time since it was built some 1300 years ago. I took pictures from just about every angle to show my architect friends. A "must" stop on the Dingle Peninsula drive.

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Wayland, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2015 NEW

Very interesting and historical. Be sure you watch the video as it provides a great deal of information. Young children may be bored.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2015 via mobile

We had tea and cappuccinos here and some food which was first class. It was the first restaurant sweeteners as well as sugar was available that I have come across. Gorgeous setting and the weather was fab.

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County Kerry, Ireland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2015

Built in the late 17th or early 18th Century, early form of Christian church. The Oratory is made of sandstone which makes for some amazing colour in your photography if the light is right. Shaped like an upturned boat, worth a visit, and if you just want to see this and not the visitor centre, don't turn left up the... More 

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Seattle, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2015 via mobile

this is just too cool. Solid and bone dry inside after how many centuries? I visited here 27 years ago and this site remains intriguing. Great example of the stone building craft. Tie this in with visits to the stone forts in the area for a more comprehensive perspective.

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Additional Information about Gallarus Oratory

Address: Address: 8 km (5 mi) northeast of Ballyferriter on R559, Dingle, Ireland
Phone Number: 353-66-915-5333
Location: Europe  >  Ireland  >  Province of Munster  >  County Kerry  >  Dingle Peninsula  >  Dingle
Open Hours:
Sunday 9:00 am - 8:00 pm
Monday 9:00 am - 8:00 pm
Tuesday 9:00 am - 8:00 pm
Wednesday 9:00 am - 8:00 pm
Thursday 9:00 am - 8:00 pm
Friday 9:00 am - 8:00 pm
Saturday 9:00 am - 8:00 pm

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