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Italian Chapel

Lamb Holm Orkney, Scotland
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Ranked #6 of 31 attractions in Mainland
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites, Religious Sites
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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32 reviews 32 reviews
28 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014 NEW

Beautiful little chapel with a lots of history. Simple but stunning at the same time. There is a car park, and local buses stop at the road leading to the chapel.

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London, United Kingdom
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45 reviews 45 reviews
20 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014 NEW

It is just so perfect and expertly made and decorated. Even if you are not catholic you can only be inspired by the faith that made these skilled POWs work this little miracle. It is very inspiring to see.

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014 NEW

Interesting historical site with a wonderfully uplifting story. I would suggest planning your visit to avoid the tour bus crowds. The space is rather small and hard to appreciate with a crowd of people. We visited early to mid morning. The buses began arriving late morning.

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Aberdeenshire, United Kingdom
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41 reviews 41 reviews
35 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014 via mobile

Amazing artisan work with a incredible contemporary history. Even for those with no religious disposition one can be inspired by the art work and detail.

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Kirkby Lonsdale, United Kingdom
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51 reviews 51 reviews
8 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

Good to see an incredible chapel and well maintained . The Italians , prisoners of war , built the chapel out of scrap , what they could find . Such a peaceful place with a stunning setting .

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Oregon, USA
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38 reviews 38 reviews
11 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

This is a lovely little chapel, and an even better story about how it came to be on Orkney. I highly recommend reading the story and some of the recent interviews with those who helped build it. Gorgeous!

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Hobart, Australia
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

I have travelled extensively and have not come across anything to match the wonder of the Italian Chapel. Such strong faith by these folk is absolutely remarkable.

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Kettering, United Kingdom
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118 reviews 118 reviews
32 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014

Yes art, as this really is. The work that went into this building is amazing. Our tour guide from the maxi tour told us all about its history and in particular a love story between an Italian POW and a local lass. I wont spoil the story, but it captivated our group and was told by our guide very well.... More

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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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21 reviews 21 reviews
9 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014

This beautiful building is just amazing. Italian POW wanted a place of worship and created this tiny chapel from two Nissen huts. It is maintained by locals and well worth a visit as it is one of a kind..

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Leeds, United Kingdom
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39 reviews 39 reviews
9 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

What an amazing building. Two utilitarian Nissen huts were transformed into a beautiful Catholic chapel by Italian POWs during WWII, using concrete and any scraps that could be found nearby. Despite the passage of time, it is still delightful.

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