Gallarus Oratory, Kerry

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  • Created: January 20, 2014
  • Updated: December 12, 2017
Location: Kerry
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The Gallarus Oratory is believed to be an early Christian church located on the Dingle Peninsula, Co Kerry. Charles Smith, who discovered the edifice in 1756, described the stone as "a brown free-stone, brought from the cliffs of the sea shore, which cuts readily and is very durable. The stones are cut on every side and end so as to fit perfectly together. They exhibit smoothly finished outside facings that follow the slant of the wall. The edifice is usually thought to have been built without mortar, but there is evidence that even if mortar "was never visible in the wall facings it was used as a structural medium for the interior of the wall at least.

1. Gallarus Oratory, Kerry

Altitude: 38 m

The Gallarus Oratory is believed to be an early Christian church located on the Dingle Peninsula, Co Kerry. Charles Smith, who discovered the edifice in 1756, described the stone as “a brown free-stone, brought from the cliffs of the sea shore, which cuts readily and is very durable. The stones are cut on every side and end so as to fit perfectly together. They exhibit smoothly finished outside facings that follow the slant of the wall. The edifice is usually thought to have been built without mortar, but there is evidence that even if mortar “was never visible in the wall facings it was used as a structural medium for the interior of the wall at least.