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The Italian Chapel

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Address: Lamb Holm, St. Mary's KW17 2RT, Scotland
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Perfectly Preserved! Great Story from WW-II!

We visited here with a guide but probably could have gotten the story from the plaques and tour books. The Italian POW'a asked to build a chapel and were given two Nissen Huts... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
Greenwood, Indiana
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Greenwood, Indiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We visited here with a guide but probably could have gotten the story from the plaques and tour books. The Italian POW'a asked to build a chapel and were given two Nissen Huts which they joined end to end. The art work, the candelabras made from spent shell casings, the hanging candle holders made from ration tins, the painted "brick"... More 

Thank BoilerMakerBob
Aberdeen, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Such a nice place to visit, it was nice and quiet. I was stunned when we went inside, very beautiful.

Thank Hezzy81
South Lanarkshire
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36 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Visited the chapel whilst in holiday this year. Absolutely amazed by the craft and ingenuity of the Italian POW's.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I will echo all the other comments about this being a fascinating place to visit, but wanted to let people know that it is possible to visit by bus. The X1 bus from the main bus station in Kirkwall will take you there, just tell the driver where you are going and they will stop, there are no actual bus... More 

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Bend, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

What makes this attraction very interesting is of what the building is made. At first glance from looking at the front, it appears to be a small rectangular chapel. Upon entering you discover it is actually a quonset hut from WWII. Built by the Italian soldiers as a place to worship during the war, it offers a peaceful and elegant... More 

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Grand Junction, Colorado
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This remarkable little chapel taught us so much about the Scottish approach to Italian POWs. Allowed them to build a chapel to complete their cultural/spiritual needs to have a place of worship. Such a difference from the treatment that the Germans and Japanese gave their POWs.

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Aberdeen, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Fascinating story and impressive structure. Makes for a good stop off on the way back from Tomb of the Eagles. Conveniently next to the Orkney Wine Company.

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galveston, texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The chapel was built by Italian WW2 prisoners in their spare time. Small, yet full of so much histroy.

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Airdrie, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

I loved this place, it is wonderful to see what the Italian prisoners managed to construct with the limited materials they had. A master class in recycling.

Thank Tetricus
Chorley, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2015

Built by Italian POW's in WW2 as they had nowhere to worship. It consists of conjoined Nissan huts (2) covered in concrete outside and plaster and paper inside. They had an artist amongst their numbers ....... The walls are painted frieze style to look like plaster and brick work. The altar inside and the front facade are made from painted... More 

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