The Gallarus Oratory is one of the finest examples of an early Christian Church to be found in Ireland. It dates back from about 800 AD. As early as the 6th century monastic, settlements were built in remote area of Ireland. This small oratory, built without mortar, uses coral vaulting techniques developed by the Neolithic tomb-makers. It is built with the stones being laid at single angle, lower on the outside than on the inside allowing rainwater to run off.
This is one of the greatest attractions that the traveller can get in the town of Dingle Peninsula, as it is shaped like an upturned boat this miniature church overlooks the harbour at Smerwick on the Peninsula. This oratory, along with other historical monuments in Dingle Peninsula, makes for a great site for the traveller to visit. There are also lots of activities the traveller can engage himself/herself with nearby to the Oratory.
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