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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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Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 8:00 pm
Description: Ancient church built over 1,000 years ago.

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Amazing Construction

The construction of the building is amazing - still standing and water proof. We parked free, saw the Oratory and then had to pay the admission at the tourist spot to use the... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 17, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015 NEW

The construction of the building is amazing - still standing and water proof. We parked free, saw the Oratory and then had to pay the admission at the tourist spot to use the restroom.So we stayed and watched the film which was interesting after we had to get the attendant to turn up the volume.

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Nanjing, China
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015 NEW

One of my favourite places on the Dingle Peninsula. So simple yet so striking. Every time I see it, I matvel and how old and in-tact it is. Enjoyed the improved facilities; good toilets (always a bonus with small children!) and a nice gift shop. We had the place to ourselves and relished every moment. The kids loved the open... More 

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Livingston
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2015

We arrived after hours, but still were able to view this ancient weatherproof building. But, it was a bit hard to find with Google Maps and such. So, stop at the Tig Bhric pub for a pint and directions.

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Phoenix, AZ
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015

Recently improved access - gift Shop - Café - and lots of parking. Nice walk to the restored ancient building.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015

A great place to visit and fantastic value for money. The gentleman at the information desk went above and beyond to make us feel welcome and was a wealth of knowledge. He helped us to discover other areas around Kerry that were great to see. Highly recommend this!

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Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015

An historical gem in a most beautiful setting. it is just spell binding to stand in the footsteps of our ancestors and touch a piece of history. It is great to live in Ireland and Kerry is particularly beautiful.

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Evansville, Indiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2015

This is a must see! The construction is amazing. The visitor center has a short video about Gallarus Oratory that is constantly running. It really helps to watch that first.

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Coopersburg, Pennsylvania
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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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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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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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