The Gallarus Oratory (Irish: Séipéilín Ghallarais, Gallarus being interpreted as either "rocky headland" (Gall-iorrus) or "house or shelter for foreigner(s)" (Gall Aras) is a chapel located on the Dingle Peninsula, County Kerry, Ireland. It has been presented variously as an early Christian stone church by antiquary Charles Smith, in 1756; a 12th-century Romanesque church by archaeologist Peter Harbison in 1970; a shelter for pilgrims by the same in 1994. The local tradition prevalent at the time of Charles Smith attributed it to one Griffith More, being a funerary chapel built by him or his family at their burial place.
A wonderful example of a early Irish church construction.
This is a beautiful historic site to visit. The oratory itself is fascinating well worth the visit and to learn about its different uses over the years. However - BEWARE -- The property near the oratory (and big car park) will try and charge you. The site itself is free to everyone. The business just owns the land next to it. So -- instead of driving left, drive straight up on the narrower road, there are about 5-6 parking spaces there, and you can view what was always intended to be free for everyone. Enjoy!
Nothing it's explain end more looks like it's fake job that it's done in modern times.
Lots of history. 6th century beehive hut , built with dry stone technology.
A simple but beautiful historic site.
The site itself is great and worth a quick stop! When you turn onto the road you will see a sign for free parking, DON'T turn in here. The parking is free, but you'll be charged 3 EUROs to walk to the oratory. If you drive about a 1/2 mile further up you'll see another little parking lot. You can park here for free and walk to the oratory. The first parking lot is owned by a man who owns the property next to the oratory but not the oratory itself. He has a little gift shop and charges a fee for you to walk up to the oratory. If you're interested in just the site and not a gift shop, skip the first free parking sign and drive to the little lot. Don't fall for paying the fee.