County Kerry, Ireland

The Gallarus Oratory, County Kerry, Ireland

At the end of the Dingle Peninsula this very strange building, which is very reminiscent of an upturned boat is in fact a very ancient church built without any mortar at all. It represents the pinnacle of Irish dry stone building, the construction being such that the notoriously damp Irish weather merely runs off the building.

It was constructed between the 6th and 9th centuries probably for the use of monks. The interior is bare today and there is no charge to poke your head inside, if you can avoid the crowds of coach daytrippers. There is a small visitor centre nearby.

Photo - Andrew J. Müller

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