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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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  • This is pretty amazing. It was probably the finest example of dry stack (mortar free) masonry we encountered. Each stone fit perfectly. It looks like it was built yesterday, but is all original, not a...  more »
  • Lost of people get caught to pay for entrance to this site , as they go via a private touristy car park and very official looking set up. It's free of charge if you use the public walkway up the road ...  more »
  • Gallarus is incredible. The little oratory was built in the shape of an upturned boat, native to the area, called a naomhóg. It's almost as perfect today as the day it was built. The site is owned by ...  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.