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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.
Tours to Gallarus Oratory
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Gallarus Oratory reviews
The Gallarus Oratory is amazing archaeology, built with stone but without any mortar! DO NOT use the Visitor Centre, it is privately operated and the owner will provide misleading statements and a... more »
We visited the site after an Atlantic storm and the place was deserted,which gave us a real sense of how pleasant and private the church must have been 800 years ago.the quiet location and pleasant... more »
Probably not worth the 4€ charged at the official entrance but definitely worth a visit when you enter through the FREE entrance (car park is a bit further down the road from the main site, there is a gate and then a straight path to the oratory. Look it up on Google maps you'll see.) The oratory is amazingly well preserved and it's very nice to imagine people coming here ages ago. It's a reminder of times gone by, I really love these kinds of places!
Very interesting ancient church that has withstood the test of time. The craftsmanship that went into it was outstanding. It is a small but interesting stop off and I would recommend doing so. The gentleman on the counter was very polite, helpful and knowledgeable. Any questions we had, he had the answers! Very nice to see such passion.
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