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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 #7 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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Lexington, Kentucky
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13 reviews 13 reviews
6 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

Interesting historical side trip off main road worth the price of admission. If you are near Dingle, stop and see.

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Waunakee, Wisconsin
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21 reviews 21 reviews
4 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

We went to the oratory and it is just amazing to see a structure that old, that uses no mortar and is still water tight.

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Thurles, Ireland
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13 reviews 13 reviews
6 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

A beautiful site of historical interest. Amazing how it is standing in perfect condition after years of Atlantic weather - a testament to the workmanship and architects of the time!

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49 reviews 49 reviews
15 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

along the road of dingle peninsula there is this ancient site, 30 min visit , if u are interested in history and constructions

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London, United Kingdom
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15 reviews 15 reviews
3 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

My husband is from Dingle and we visited last week. I never knew there was so much bronze age historical sites in West Kerry. We went to Gallarus (not for the first time). the video about the area was fab. We went on to visit lots of the sites mentioned, all in the local area.

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Springfield, Illinois
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67 reviews 67 reviews
25 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

The video is too long so we did not stay for it all. The building itself is impressive and it is great that you can walk into it. The walkway to the back parking lot was lined with fuschia - absolutely beautiful.

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Seymour, Connecticut
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44 reviews 44 reviews
24 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

Really interesting and well worth the small fee. It doesn't take very long see visit and it has a cool setting. I do not think it should be missed by anyone doing the Slea Head drive.

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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137 reviews 137 reviews
23 attraction reviews
196 helpful votes 196 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

The ancient building in its remote location evokes the early history of Christianity in Ireland. Peaceful and well worth the visit.

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Valentia Island, Ireland
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7 reviews 7 reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

It gives the history going back over one thousand years A short Film gives knowledge of stone markings

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Peoples' Republic of Boulder
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72 reviews 72 reviews
11 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

Built by early Christians, this completely dry-stone building is still water-tight. The roof was formed by gradually overlapping the flat rocks inward until they met at the top. A small window opposite the door lets in light. One of the oldest Christian crosses in Ireland stands next to this place of prayer. There is a small gift shop where you... More

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