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Gallarus Oratory, Dingle

Categories: Ruins, Sacred & Religious Sites, Tourist Spots
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4.3/5 based on 900+ reviews on the web
Climbing out of Gallarus Oratory through its window cleanses one's soul, according to local mythology. Visiting the 1,000-year-old church proves this cannot be done, as the structure's window measures only 18 cm (7 in) in length and 12 cm (5 in) in width. Despite its small dimensions, the ancient church represents the pinnacle of dry-stone architecture, built using techniques originally developed by Neolithic tomb makers. The builders cut the stones with such precision that even after a millennium the structure exhibits a smooth finish on its outside walls. Take a walk around this simple structure to fully appreciate the level of skill needed to fit the stones so precisely together. For Gallarus Oratory and beyond, use our Dingle itinerary builder to get the most from your Dingle vacation.
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  • The construction is basically still watertight after so many years. A few little leaks on windy days. It is a beautiful thing to see as the symmetry is perfect. 
  • Amazing experience of really, really old building. We arrived in the evening during sunset and atmosphere was charming. Also we were at the place without crowds of turists. In turist office, there is ...  read more »
  • Beehive that is still in good condition. If you have someone that can sing, have them sing an Irish songs inside of the Beehive. Neat experience with a local that was traveling with us. 
  • This was an amazing site to see on our drive around the Dingle Penninsula. It is so well preserved and untouched. There is a gift shop and restroom, as well as a video presentation.
  • Interesting dry-stone building, but not particularly worth the entrance fee. Might as well just look at pictures of it online unless you're really into the history or the style of architecture.
  • Wonderful accessible example of a rare historic building
  • Such minuscule but expensive
  • Historically interesting. However, the entrance is expensive just to see a small museum and the monument.
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