05 August 2008

WW - Gallarus Oratory




Gallarus Oratory on the Dingle peninsula is Ireland's oldest building. Probably dating from the 8th century it is built without mortar. This week's entry for the Tuesday and Wednesday edition of Wordless Wednesday.

74 comments:

Sean Jeating said...

And it's one of the few places you won't have to pay for admission. :)
Amazing architecture in tranquil surroundings.

Napaboaniya said...

It has been proven once again that structures made from natural materials really do LAST :)
Must be really dark inside since there's no windows.

Happy WW Jams :)

Ryanne said...

That is a great set of photos and I think I like the black and whites the best. I can't believe it has been standing for that many centuries, wow, they really knew how to make building to last didn't they!

Juliana RW said...

interest old building..thanks for sharing in here and thanks drop at my ww..

Blue Sunrise Photography said...

Oh I love the photos and adore the subject! I think i will move in :D

Thank you for sharing!

Indrani said...

That is one environmental friendly building. Great sequence of shots.

rmgales said...

The pictures are great, I especially like the second one. Thanks for sharing this incredible piece of history.

Carver said...

That's a beautiful series of shots of the old building. It's so appealing and it's setting is perfect.

jams o donnell said...

Thanks everyone. You have to pay to see it now Sean but I would never begrudge 3 Euros for such a perfect little building!

SnoopyTheGoon said...

Yep. Been there too. Amazing work, considering the age and all.

Sean Jeating said...

Haha, I 'knew' I should not have written that, Jams.
The Irish have learnt how to make money with their ancestors skills. And to enable coaches to reach the 'remotest' places, each year once narrow roads with some lay-bys would become motorways - who cares about all the blown up rocks?
No sentimental complain, just a statement.

SandyCarlson said...

That's wonderful, Jams. Thanks for taking me back. You know, I don't mind paying to see historic sites. If Batman can take in all those million, then I can toss a few coins in the direction of history worth keeping.

Anonymous said...

It´s really cool that it is still standing there!

Sarge Charlie said...

I would like to see this Jams, what did they do for a foundation, it is amazing that it still stand after so many years.

Chuck said...

8th century Ireland - without mortar, oldest building...woah. All these things seriously fascinate me. Great WW post - happy day! *lovies*

CK-II said...

Wow! Modern day pyramid! :)

The Lone Beader said...

Wow, Jams! This is so interesting! I had no idea that something like this could last so long!

genny said...

That's cool and very unique nice entry. Happy WW!

eastcoastlife said...

What an awesome structure! I'm going to read more on it. Thanks for the info.

Mojo said...

The Incas in ancient Peru built temples to rival the Great Pyramids using a system of finger joints carved into the stones. The Pyramids themselves used sheer mass to hold themselves together. This doesn't look as though it required either of those elements to remain standing and it's been there for (check my math) 1300 years?.

And yet, in the "modern" world, we're ready to knock a building down after 40 or 50 years.

Makes you wonder if we've really gotten more advanced doesn't it?

-Mojo

Stop by if you have a moment..

Jim said...

Hey Jams, golly we saw this little stone building and had no idea it was Ireland's oldest building!
Just drove right past it. Well, we did get out and look but must not have read the signs good.
Happy WW! I have WW and Ruby (Red) Tuesday both on, so if you can scroll down you can see our old dog and the new dog, our beagle and our poodle.
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BTW, we were in Ireland in 2007 and 2008! We like it a lot.
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Strider said...

Splendid find Jams! Praises for you and the builder.

Happy WW!

Shabem® said...

That's quite an interesting building. I want to visit Ireland one day.
Thanks for dropping by!

Mama Duck said...

How interesting and unique! Thanks for visiting the ducks ;).

jams o donnell said...

Thanks everyone!

Sue said...

Great shots! What was it used for? Was this a house?

CherryPie said...

What an interesting building. I would love to see that :-)

the teach said...

Is anything inside, Jams? An altar? cross? kneeler? Great photos! :) Happy WW!

Nap Warden said...

Very cool building...nice wordless!

Hootin' Anni said...

Amazing....so old, and still standing. Wow.

My Wordless is posted. Stop by if you can.

marcia@joyismygoal said...

that was so nice to see the green is so fresh it is a nice contrast

WillThink4Wine said...

Incredible! Isn't it amazing what they could build without technology! My hose was built about 15 years ago and has siding that is a cement fiber composite board that apparently was designed to rot if not painted every year! My, haven't we come a long way, baby?!

Mama Grizzly said...

wow! That's pretty cool - and dates back to the 8th century? WOW!

Lori said...

Great shots:) What did it look like on the inside? Happy WW.

jmb said...

Oratory is such a posh name for such a simple building. Can you imagine the building of it, all those stones carefully placed? Wonderful. Must be dark in there and sooty from all the candles.

J@n!ce said...

This is an eye opener to me. Must be really warm & dark inside :)

YellowRose said...

I love the black & white! Beautiful building, I hope to see it in person when we get to Ireland next Spring!!!

Happy WW!!

mharia said...

what an interesting structure! great shots, too! :)

~Just Me~ said...

Whoa thats awesome.

~Just Me~ said...

Whoa thats awesome.

TorAa said...

I'm impressed by the technic and pression - we don't do it better these days

The Right Blue said...

What perfection! Happy WW.

Mar said...

Amazing building...done strictly by hand... Great WW as always!

catsynth said...

Great photos, as always.
And a really intriguing building. It is certainly very well preserved - but also very modern in it's appearance. Interesting how things come around that way...

Snap Catch said...

wow! Perfect catch! Happy WW! hope to see you at my corner too...

Amazing Gracie said...

I would love to visit your chunk of the world. Here in the US, we jump all over with joy when we find a house that's 100 years old! We don't appreciate true antiquity.
~~~Blessings~~~

jams o donnell said...

Thanks everyone!

sally in norfolk said...

great photos and very interesting too :-)

crazy working mom said...

Wow, this is an amazing structure! Nice shots. Thanks for stopping by and commenting on Tyler's John Deere birthday party "stuff". He's really excited for his party this weekend. :)

Happy WW!

Amy's Blah, Blah, Blogging said...

Wow, that is a really neat and unique building!

Princess Vien said...

wow!! that's awesome!!

Here's mine.

http://www.yourvmodel.com/2008/08/wordless-wednesday-no11-tunnel.html

Happy WW!!

just say these words said...

That's beautiful! I'd love to see it in person someday!

lareine said...

this just makes go "oohhh"... imagine constructing something that lasts for centuries without any modern equipment, least of all without a mortar!... it's so interesting and i would love to see this for real :)

jams o donnell said...

Thanks everyone

Simone said...

Thanks for that info Sean. When I showed my husband he immediately wanted to know how it was from us.

Will put on our list of places to visit when we do our driving tour of Ireland.

Simone said...

Just read the rest of the comment - 3 Euros is not bad.

Visit Simone's Butterfly WW

Raven said...

Wow! What an amazing and beautiful little building.... and exquisitely photographed as well. I always learn something when I come here on Wednesdays. I had to do some googling to find out that an oratory is "a small private chapel."

The Healthy Mom said...

Wow. That is pretty cool. None of the buildings in the US are that old. With all the tearing down and building new out here I don't think buildings will ever get that old. Happy WW!

Cascia @ Healthy Moms

Daisy said...

That's very amazing. I do not think I have ever seen a building that old. And it is still standing strong!

Pamela Kramer said...

Very cool shot! I love the stuff you post on WW. Thanks for stopping by. It's nice to see the other side of the world. ;)

Keith said...

How in the...did they put that structure together like that without any mortar? Amazing.
Thanks!

Rambling Woods said...

First visit...I love these things..
Rambling Woods

Liz said...

We missed that when we were in Dingle. It's absolutely amazing in its perfection.

Chris said...

Great photos and an amazing piece of construction work.

Starrlight said...

What a beautiful set of pictures. I so want to visit Ireland.

diXymiss said...

Amazing ~ both the ancient structure and your eXcellent photography.

ThanX for stopping by.

jientje said...

Ireland has such a fascinating culture! It's wonderful that old things like that were kept preserved!
I saw something similar in France too!

r morris said...

I was in Dingle in JUne. Loved it. Was gonna take a bike around the circle and see this but ran out of time. Darn.

Angela at mommy bytes said...

Wow that is so perfectly shaped! And has held up perfectly. Thanks for sharing and visiting.

The Freelance Guru said...

No Mortor? Aren't they afraid of the Big Bad Wolf?

jams o donnell said...

Thanks everyone. Ha guru the monks were double hard bastards who thistles for underwear.. they would have put the bib bad wolf in his place in no time!

The Urban Buddha said...

Interesting and nicely captured. Pics are great. Thanks for sharing! :)

Colin Campbell said...

My dad trained to do dry stane dykeing. He has done quite a number of walls around Hereford. It is part art, part therapy. The engineering principles are very simple. Gravity and friction.

jams o donnell said...

It certainly stands the test of time magnificently Colin