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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  • One of the oldest churches in Ireland was built in 7th century. Church is very small but you can get inside and feel you a part of the history. It is free of charge. Open I think from April till Octob...  more »
  • This was the main site on the peninsula we had chosen to see - lots more were found. Very friendly reception and a very special site.  more »
  • Very neat to know that this has been used for centuries as a place of worship. Close to Dingle, don't miss this!  more »
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  • This is a beautiful historic site to visit. The oratory itself is fascinating well worth the visit and to learn about its different uses over the years. However - BEWARE -- The property near the oratory (and big car park) will try and charge you. The site itself is free to everyone. The business just owns the land next to it. So -- instead of driving left, drive straight up on the narrower road, there are about 5-6 parking spaces there, and you can view what was always intended to be free for everyone. Enjoy!
  • Excellent audiovisual. Great experience! Well worth a stop while driving the Dingle loop.
  • Cool place! Long walk from road though and not much else to see. Oratory itself was cool also
  • Sort of a freaky thing amazingly preserved. As an American, it is refreshing to see such old structures intact, just lying in a pasture.
  • The site itself is great and worth a quick stop! When you turn onto the road you will see a sign for free parking, DON'T turn in here. The parking is free, but you'll be charged 3 EUROs to walk to the oratory. If you drive about a 1/2 mile further up you'll see another little parking lot. You can park here for free and walk to the oratory. The first parking lot is owned by a man who owns the property next to the oratory but not the oratory itself. He has a little gift shop and charges a fee for you to walk up to the oratory. If you're interested in just the site and not a gift shop, skip the first free parking sign and drive to the little lot. Don't fall for paying the fee.
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