Gallarus Oratory, an Early Christian preaching place, Dingle, Ireland

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巫山梦网 on September 4, 2007


Ian Stehbens on September 4, 2007

Yes it is mysterious. Not only the structure but also the atmosphere late in the day as sea mists begin to decend on the landscape. Gallurus Oratory was built in the AD500s after Brendan returned from his voyage to America. He had set sail several years earlier in a wattle and skin coracle along the Irish west coast to the Hebrides of western Scotland, then on to the Faroes where he described the rookeries of seabirds, reached Iceland which he described as the "land of Smiths", to Greenland or the land of crystals, to the land of fogs (Labrador) and on to eastern American coasts. After he returned from his missionary journey, centuries before Columbus, other disciples followed him. There is speculation that the celtic inscriptions in west Virginia that include Christian symbols derive from these period of missionary travel. Saint Brendan shared the stories of his travels, taught the stories of Christianity in several such preaching places. There are other remarkable structure are still extant in the area of County Kerry, Ireland but none so fine and mysterious as Gallarus Oratory.

Paul13 on February 19, 2009


Ian Stehbens on February 20, 2009

Thanks Paul13, I'm pleased that you find it attractive. It is a very special piece of Irish and Christian heritage.


Bulbas on March 27, 2009

About it looks much more more confidently, more reliably

Gatis P on April 12, 2009

Outstanding monument, was seaching for it. Thanks for sharing it here!

Ian Stehbens on April 12, 2009

Dear Bulbas and Gatis,

This is a remarkable landmark, a stunning piece of architecture and an incredible memorial to the early church in Ireland!

Glad to share it with you.


conradsmith on June 22, 2011

Hi Ian, I don't know why, but hadn't added this to my favourites. Conrad

Ian Stehbens on June 22, 2011

It seems you have now! I love the historical story that goes with it.

Thanks for another Selection Conladi.


Art Anderson on April 12

Ian, I love your image of the Gallarus Oratory. Julane and I saw it in the rain after we bicycled the Dingle Peninsula in 2002. Just this past Saturday we returned from a 9 day bicycle tour of County Donegal and the geology I saw led me to think of you when I photographed some unusually folded rocks. Best regards. -Art

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Photo taken in Caherdorgan South, Co. Kerry, Ireland

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