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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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Ancient church built over 1,000 years ago.

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1300 year old building

This is one of the only remaining stone churches that is built of fitted drystones- out together with no mortar. It is a bit of a hike from the parking lot, but a very... read more

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

This is one of the only remaining stone churches that is built of fitted drystones- out together with no mortar. It is a bit of a hike from the parking lot, but a very interesting early Christian church.

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

You have to see it to believe the effort and skill that went into constructing this unique stone building. This is a definite must see if you're on the Dingle Peninsula.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This is a really amazing monument. Ingenious construction. There is also a video showing the history of the area and other monuments to visit.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This was one of our favorite stops on the Dingle peninsular loop. It is amazingly well-preserved and still waterproof though no mortar used in construction.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We had a lovely tea and scones break here and enjoyed seeing the stone work of the oratory. Fascinating that it could be so dry throughout the ages

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Montreal, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

It seems to be that a local farmer owns the field and decided years ago to make money from the tourists driving up to see this Gallarus, it has been well maintained over the years compared to what it looked like more than 30 years ago, and if you ask the locals politely they will tell you how to get... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

It's worth it if you like history. Skip the new 'visitor center and paid parking'; drive a bit past this and park on pull off of road for free and have the Oratory all to yourself.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Fun and interesting so see this small church bullt so many hundreds of years ago; stone without mortar, that is still standing and all the rain still not leaking inside. Cannot say the same for my personal residence which is several hundred years newer.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We concluded our Slea Head Drive circle at the Gallarus Oratory. Many guide books and tourist sites told us to stop as it was a "must see" item. I agree that the church is worth a short stop as the history and masonry is worth seeing. It's fascinating how they built some of these old stone structures and how they... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Make sure you get off the beaten path for this incredible step back into history. After seeing various "ruins" and "mounds" with various descriptions and speculation as to history/use/appearance, it was amazing to see this perfect example of the period.

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