Gallarus Oratory

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Ballyferriter, Ireland
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Gallarus Oratory Nov 10, 2017
Probably the best preserved example of an oratory from the 6th/7th c in Ireland. Using local stone only and built without mortar, it looks like an inverted hull of a boat and is still perfectly waterproof. Used by early Christian farmers, until the sttlements around it were sacked and the inhabitants driven away, it retains a very proud but austere look in the middle of the fields around. At the side is a bed of stones, with a cross inscribed on a slab and an inscription that reads "COLUM MAC DINET".(This taken from www.sacred-destinations.com/ireland)

Entrance is 3€ passing through the visitors centre, but apparently going round by another path it is free, like all megalithic sites in Ireland on public land.
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