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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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History is alive

What a place! This structure is so amazing and impressive. Walls that are four feet thick and in such perfect condition you might think it was constructed recently. The cornel... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
pasqe
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upstate NY
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upstate NY
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

What a place! This structure is so amazing and impressive. Walls that are four feet thick and in such perfect condition you might think it was constructed recently. The cornel construction and smooth, even finish of every stone could fool you but this early Christian site is over a thousand years old. Definitely worth the three euro entry fee. Don't... More 

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Boston, Massachusetts
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Nice little stone church. We didn't find the free lot so paid for the 3 euro entrance, which at least got us some nice restrooms/toilets and there was a nice little shop there too. The sight is small, but a good photo op as the doorway to this stone church was just the right size.

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Boston, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

It is not known for sure when the Oratory was built: sometime between the 6th and the 12th century. The purpose of this mysterious structure is also not known. The masonry is just amazing: the stones are cut so perfectly - hard to imagine what tools were used to do that... It is one of those spots that sparks imagination... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This is one of the finest remaining early Christian churches in Ireland. Just stunning, don't miss it!

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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

While the Oratory itself is interesting (and having a medieval historian in our group added to the experience) the attached information is rather lacking, and while the audio-visual, a common presence at similar sights, was interesting, it was rather dated. If you are interested in the period, it is worth the visit, but if not, there are other sites nearby... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This site takes a bit of effort ot locate but it is amziningly cool. You can go inside the beehive hut and really get a feel for the times. The nearby abby is even better. very special sites right near Dingle.

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Dublin, Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

An amazing but simple oratory from about 700AD. The construction is almost perfect and has survived the years. There is an entry charge - what a pity. If you go late in evening in summer it is very quiet - nobody there and much better for photos.

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Cork, Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This is an amazing piece of ancient architecture and worth a visit. There is a charge of 2€ to get in but no charge of car parking and anyone can go into the audio visual centre to get a sense of history of the peninsula. There is a café there which was closed when we got there.

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Minnesota, USA
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We HAD to view this unusual architecture. The space did not disappoint. Unforgettable. It was a popular tourist destination, however, so we shared it with a large tour group...and the space itself is not large. If possible, I might try to arrive early or late in the day to avoid crowds.

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Impressive structure to have survived so many centuries.Be aware there is free parking up the hill with no admission fee to see the Oratory as opposed to paying a few Euros at the more "obvious" entrance lower on the hill. The view is the same once you walk from the parking lot.

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