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Italian Chapel

Lamb Holm Orkney, Scotland
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Ranked #3 of 30 attractions in Mainland
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites, Religious Sites
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Bremerton
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10 reviews 10 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 NEW

Small in size but large in detail. Beautiful painting done on walls & ceiling. Loved the details and the story behind the building itself. Seems like a no reason to stop spot but I'm glad we found time to check it out. Wonderful view from the area too.

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BUCKIE,MORAY,SCOTLAND
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 NEW

this is such a tranquil peacefull/beautifull place full of history and worth a visit if going to orkneyopen quite late at night too which means not overcrowded

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Stuart, Florida
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19 reviews 19 reviews
13 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014 NEW

The beauty inside and out of this little chapel is definitely worth seeing. It's not a place you can stay and meditate if on a tour, but amazing to see the artistry that created this lovely church.

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Kent
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149 helpful votes 149 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014 NEW

We drove down to the southern tip of the islands. South Ronaldsay and 2 small islands are linked to the 'mainland' with barriers - built by Italian POWs during WW2. The prisoners also built a chapel, using Nissan huts. Quite charming

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Mackay, Queensland, Australia
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86 reviews 86 reviews
50 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014 NEW

Italian prisoners of war built themselves church out of what they could scrounge up. They were given rounded barrack buildings for the foundation of their church. The rest of the church, both exterior and interior was built from scrap, like flattened tins and barbed wire.What artistry and ingenuity was used to create this phenomenal church. Services are held there and... More

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aberdeen
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72 helpful votes 72 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014 NEW

How the Italian prisoners' of war were able to build such a brilliant chapel from the scraps that were available to them defies imagination. What this chapel,lacks in size is more than made up with a brilliance of feeling for what they built and achieved. Well worth a visit.

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Weston super Mare, United Kingdom
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162 attraction reviews
134 helpful votes 134 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

Built by Italian POWs in the 2WW - Out of two Nissen huts Beautifully decorated - with some amazing touches. The Chapel is a tribute to the Italians that spent years here during the period 1939-45 : and the fact that the local population continues to maintain the Chapel to such a high standard is a tribute to the respect... More

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Reading, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

Good to see items of history being kept as a reminder of local and national history. Also pay as you wish.

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Palmyra, Pennsylvania
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25 reviews 25 reviews
17 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

Incredible little chapel constructed and decorated by Italian POWs during WWII. The inside has "stone" walls and gorgeous art, but it's all painted, and the chapel is a Quonset hut.

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Scotland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

Such a lovely little chapel in a stunning setting. Very moving to read about how and why it was built.

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