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Gallarus Oratory, Dingle

(4.3/5 based on 950 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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  • Beautiful ancient ruin set in the countryside near the bay and ocean near Ballyferriter on the coast. 
  • Only takes a couple minutes and is worthwhile to see while driving the Dingle Peninsula. The visitor center is not worth it - so follow the guidebook advice and park in the free parking lot off to the...  more »
  • We stopped here on our route on the slea head drive. We thought this would be a nice place to stop, it definitely was. The oratory is a small stone church with a tiny window. It is one of the oldest c...  more »
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  • Cool old building. Very impressive rock work. Not much to actually do on site. TIP: Go in the side entrance for FREE ENTRY. (Look at Google Satellite view for side path)
  • Probably the oldest still existing Christian Church in Ireland. A building as impressing as simple, and with a feelable aura... could stay there for days...
  • Pretty small, but interesting and well maintained with a friendly welcome.
  • Very unique and definitely made the trip more enjoyable. Can't believe it is water tight after all these years.
  • Unique and interesting, it's impressive that this site is still standing since the 9th century.