Gallarus Oratory visit blog

We recently spent some time down in Dingle, Co. Kerry as part of an ongoing project. We took full advantage of our beautiful surroundings and went exploring whilst basking in the glorious sun! Dingle can only be described as paradise with its beautiful mountainous surroundings overlooking the harbour.

From an archaeological and heritage point of view, the Dingle peninsula has much to offer its visitors and contains a vast array of important sites not to be missed.

One of our visits was to Gallarus Oratory (KE042-071004-), in many ways an icon of the peninsula. This small oratory has often been described as an upturned boat in profile and is magnificently preserved. One suggestion of its date is to the 11th/12th centuries AD, although others have been suggested. The building measures 6.86m by 5.74m externally. The oratory was constructed by dry-stone corbelling, a method which sees the stones gradually overlap so that the roof arches to a close. The overlapping also allowed the water to run off the stones, making the structure completely waterproof even to this day. It comprises of a lintelled doorway and a round-headed window in the east gable.  There are also other associated monuments to see at the site including a leacht and a cross-slab. The site is currently run by the OPW and includes an audio-visual introduction to the site, a gift shop and a café.

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