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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  • Lovely place for a good day out. Staff is very helpful. Scenic place with extraordinary panaromaic views. 
    Lovely place for a good day out. Staff is very helpful. Scenic place with extraordinary panaromaic views.  more »
  • Very beautiful place. The stone work is impressive and the visit is of great value for a cheap price. I highly recommend the visit. The staff is really nice and helpful 
    Very beautiful place. The stone work is impressive and the visit is of great value for a cheap price. I highly recommend the visit. The staff is really nice and helpful  more »
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  • Spectacular to think its the same structure today as it was when created. Well worth a visit while in this scenic area. The ticket covers an audio visual circa 15 minutes. There were some people entering the site from a side entrance and they appeared to gain free entry but to see the movie you definitely need the ticket.
  • Although it seems to be ‘just a house made of stone’, it is quite impressive that it is still standing and watertight, after more than 1300 years. Consider this when you have your next roof repair… There is a public right-of-way, so no need to pay the entrance fee; just continue on the little road, and enter from there for free.

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