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Gallarus Oratory, Dingle

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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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  • Intriguing venue; one of must-see locations; included on Dingle Shuttle tour with Gillian; corbel ceiling a treasure.  more »
  • It may not look like much but when you realize how long it has been there and how basic the design is you can't help but appreciate it. Definitely worth the stop  more »
  • This is a must see location. It is incredible that such a structure has survived for over a thousand years.  more »
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  • Impressive that the building is still standing but disappointing that the visitor centre is charging €3 pp when there is a free footpath up the road. The footpath (in the picture) is also more pleasant than the path from the visitors centre. Not worth €3 but good for free.
  • Loved the oratory. Dry stone construction/corbelling is like 3-dimensional puzzle construction. An incredible technique used by Western Irish for centuries. Be sure to watch the 10-minite video and use the toilets. Worth every penny.
  • The Oratory is stunning and one of the Highlights on the Slea Head Drive. Don't miss. And while you're in the area, also drop by the near church ground and ruin of Kilmalkedar Church!
  • Wow! Such an interesting place to visit. It doesn't take long, so squeeze it into the itinerary!
  • Be a bit careful here, go in the car park and you get charged an entry fee, park a few hundred yards along the road and there is a footpath with free entry?.