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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  • A superb complete oratory - quite remarkable. Very atmospheric - but get there early - before the coaches do.  more »
  • Take the time and effort to see this historic place. It is amazingly built and it’s crazy to think it’s been standing for almost 1000 years.  more »
  • Wow! What a sound structure to last all of these years unscathed! The first piece of advice I'll give you is to NOT park in the advertised parking lot. It's on private land, so you park for free, but ...  more »
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  • Beautiful ancient house. With POW card you get free entrance. There is a audio video presentation that tells you about the history, but its a little bit old. The worker is very friendly and positive, which is a big bonus! The house looks great if you are into ancient structures. I recommend!
  • A wonderfully preserved example of ancient civilisations overlooking a beautiful part of the Dingle Peninsula. Audio visual presentation adds beautifully to the experience and sets the building into context. Lovely addition to the rich history of the area.
  • Quaint quick stop but if you come from the public road they won't let you out the gate at the entry shop... even if you offer to pay! Weird little man at the Office that made an American visitor very unhappy as he had driven there to pick up his wife...
  • This is a cool little stop while driving through Dingle. It was one of my favorite stops and it's free. The place looks like it was probably restored because it's in such great condition. To get there you have to walk down an alley surrounded by flowers. It's pretty cool but watch out for all the bees. It's amazing that monks used to work here many thousands of years ago.
  • So intriguing! Can't believe there are still places like this that exist! Such a wondrous place!
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