Posted by: Michele Erdvig | July 29, 2011

Friday Freebie 7-29-11

Gallarus Oratory

Gallarus Oratory is a very old, very strange, dry-stone church that is shaped like an upturned boat. Thought to have been built anywhere from 800 to 1200, the tiny, corbel-roofed church is still watertight after all these centuries. Most people doing the Slea Head loop on Ireland’s Dingle Peninsula in County Kerry stop by for a look at the unusual building.

The oratory can be visited free but the entrance can be confusing. An enterprising landowner has set up a visitor’s center with cafe, a/v presentation, large car park and toilets. You can pay to enter through this facility. However, if you drive past the center down a little road you can tour the oratory free. There is very limited parking along the road. Look for the following sign:

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