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Address: Lamb Holm, St. Mary's KW17 2RT, Scotland
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We took part in a tour of Orkney and the Chapel was on the itinerary. Although very impressive and historic it is just a chapel and, seeing I'm no way religious, it didn't have... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
Milton Keynes, United Kingdom
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Milton Keynes, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

We took part in a tour of Orkney and the Chapel was on the itinerary. Although very impressive and historic it is just a chapel and, seeing I'm no way religious, it didn't have the pulling power for me that it would have for someone who is that way inclined. It can get very crowded inside, especially when 1 or... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I have never seen anything like this before and don't think I will again it is completely out of this world and much more than I expected

Thank Kevin M
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2016 via mobile

discover a piece of italy in Scotland it's something rare, but possible. A little church with an atmosphere rich of peace. where the relaxing view halp meditation

Thank Vedran V
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2015

A fascinating look at the past and one of the many reminders of wartime Orkney's. There were obviously many craftsmen among the POWs.

Thank cedunanomad
Glasgow, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2015

The story of how and why the chapel was constructed by the Italian prisoners of war is a part of history that should not be forgotten.They built it from a WWII hut" using what materials they could find.The result has to be seen to be believed.The location of the chapel is stunning with great views.

Thank Kenny B
Key West, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2015

World War Two Italian prisoners were apparently both bored and devout. Too bad they did not open an Italian restaurant next door.

Thank axialcompressor
Langbank, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2015

What a fantastic little place, totally fascinating storey behind the build of the Chapel. Could have sat there all day just in the peace and quiet. Suggest best to find this place on your own because to go with a party would take away from the tranquillity that you WILL find there.

Thank Cookiekips
Greenwood, Indiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2015

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 

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Aberdeen, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2015 via mobile

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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2015

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

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