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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. 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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  • When we read about the Gallarus Oratory before our trip, we weren't sure it was worth a visit. It seemed so simple. But seeing it in person is a powerful experience -- just to see the incredible... 
    When we read about the Gallarus Oratory before our trip, we weren't sure it was worth a visit. It seemed so simple. But seeing it in person is a powerful experience -- just to see the incredible...  more »
  • Beautiful old corbeled building, worth a stop to see. The history is fascinating and worth some research! 
    Beautiful old corbeled building, worth a stop to see. The history is fascinating and worth some research!  more »
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  • We visited via the visitor centre, which was worth the €4 each. Great little spot with a café. The visitor centre and oratory are dog friendly, but not the video experience. Lovely gentleman at the desk. Got a cute fridge magnet, reasonably priced and there was ample parking. You can visit for free if you go around the corner up the road, but when you're driving around the Dingle peninsula and haven't seen a toilet for a bit, going through the visitor centre gives you that extra little luxury. Toilets were clean too!
  • I found this place pale in comparison of the other area you can visit throughout the slea head drive. The information is a bit poor, the staff wasn't that friendly and it's literally just one building. The building is I must say great overall, it is well made and well preserved. I wouldn't put it on my bucket list but if you have time why don't you just have a look 😉

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