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. Choose to start, finish, or center your holiday on a trip to Gallarus Oratory by using our Dingle itinerary planning app .
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  • And? considered the oldest Christian Church of all Ireland. The Church, which lies in the County of Kerry, Dingle Peninsula, is the most famous archaeological site and interesting part of this peninsula, it is a small building with pitched roof consisting entirely of stone, especially the visit does not take long but worth it.
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  • When you are touring in Dingle, take a short visit to this oratory, it is verywell preserved and gives a good impression of life in year 800 or thereabout.  more »
  • everything about this great place is outstanding. there is good accessability for people with a wheelchair. We had a really good experience. The owner/manager 'Seamus' was very helpful and friendly. O...  more »
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  • Good historical venue...has an audio visual presentation straight from the 80s before you set off...small gift shop with not a great deal of merchandise for tourists. Cafe was also closed for the season. The building itself it impressive in it's age and condition and there are some other ruin stones around that leaves you wondering what the significance of it was but your left wanting...all in all not horrible and worth stopping by if historical venues are your thing...
  • 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-minute video and use the toilets. Worth every penny.
  • The oratory is perfectly preserved, so is a great example of the type of architecture that also built the beehive huts. The visitor center is minimal, but has a small gift and snack shop, decent toilets, and an audio visual show about the site. Entrance in Aug 2017 was €3 per adult.
  • Historically significant, but not really worth the drive if not already close or in a short schedule.
  • Very tricky to get to! If you are driving, I recommend getting directions from the locals instead of relying on Google Maps. We ended up going down a one way street the wrong way and entering the grounds from a service road. That being said, the building was neat and located in such a beautiful area of the Dingle Peninsula, but the visitors center could use some updating.

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Dingle Town represents a relaxed, artistic destination known for having plenty of affordable bed and breakfasts and other specialty accommodations. Many of these cluster right in the town's center, although the town also has a number of hotels, hostels, and other lodging for tourists. Here it's even normal to stumble upon a pub offering accommodation. A more luxurious (and often costly) option for travelers taking in the beauty of this peninsula is to stay in a scenic guesthouse overlooking Dingle Bay, which you can find in or right outside of town.
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