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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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Fascinating, lovely setting

Definitely worth a stop! Perfectly preserved- it is amazing to think how long this has been here. Interesting film explaining the site.

5 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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Brooklyn NY
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Definitely worth a stop! Perfectly preserved- it is amazing to think how long this has been here. Interesting film explaining the site.

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Naas, Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

We were staying next door at Campail Teach an Aragail and came here for lunch a few times. Perfect little café on this historic site. Definitely a little hidden jewel.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

What a great opportunity to enjoy a beautiful landmark and spiritual site. The staff are fantastic and we ran across so many wonderful travellers.

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Thank WGBerry
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is an amazing place to visit. It is the only Oratory still standing with its roof in place. Access is easy, but can get crowded at times.

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Thank Christopher1560
Lunenburg, Massachusetts
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The Gallarus Oratory is amazing when you realize that it was built by monks 1200 years ago and has been totally waterproof since. You can bypass the visitor center (and entrance fee) by parking further down the road, according to Rick Steves.

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Newport News, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We had been to this site before, but it was much more meaningful this time because we had a guide who was able to tell us about the history and significance of this ancient church. The Gallarus Oratory is a perfectly preserved stone structure that looks like an upturned boat--stone roof and no mortar. The Oratory entrance is located on... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

after having been to incredible churches, amphitheaters, temples, etc., in Italy and elsewhere built at the same time and well before this edifice, I found it hard to get blown away by this building. It is interesting, but after 5 minutes I was ready to move on. The Pantheon it's not....

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The oratory is really simple and wonderful. The history of the building was explained by our tour guide. The Coptic Christian's from Egypt built it using Celtic building technology. They went on to build the beehives on the Skellig's too. To have stood up to the elements for centuries is testament to the builders skills. The weather wasn't the best... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This was an interesting experience. The Oratory is well looked after and has a really spiritual quality to it. Fascinating.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

FInd the free parking further down the road from the main parking lot. Enjoy the well-preserved and architecturally amazing 1000 year old building. Imagine monks long ago.

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