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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
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Type: Historic Sites, Religious Sites
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Nelson, New Zealand
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132 reviews 132 reviews
40 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014 NEW

I never knew this chapel existed until we heard about it on our tour of the Orkney Islands. Initially, I wondered whether it would be worth visiting but once on the spot, I was blown away. Perhaps it helped that our guide knew the stories to tell. He made the whole chapel construction and its story so personal to the... More

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Bristol, United Kingdom
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311 reviews 311 reviews
194 attraction reviews
235 helpful votes 235 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014 NEW

Having heard so much about it we visited the chapel today. What a beautiful little building. The artwork and tromp l'oeil inside really are beautiful and it was a very touching experience to think of this being created by PoWs. It is nice that the chapel is still being well cared for, a nice memory of difficult times.

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Carlisle, United Kingdom
15 reviews 15 reviews
6 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2014 NEW

Beautiful little chapel and so cleverly painted by the prisoners of war. It is hard to believe they had hardly any materials.

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Christchurch, United Kingdom
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52 reviews 52 reviews
25 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2014 NEW

If you go to Orkney you must visit here. It is beautiful, peaceful and respectful. It also set in a lovely location. The chapel is beautifully painted and shows how creative human beings can be when they stop trying to kill each other

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Bath, United Kingdom
4 reviews 4 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2014

I was ready to be unimpressed, but this chapel - and especially the story behind it - really blew me away. Although this is either a military or a religious site, it is the artistic element that should really impress you. If you are into classic Italian artwork, then this is a must-see. DIY at its best:) The information boards... More

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Inverness, United Kingdom
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22 reviews 22 reviews
9 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014

This is a great place but you should know the story before you visit as there is no expert on site. It's a piece of heart warming history and dedication, but will only take 10 mins tops to look at it.

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Pacific Grove, California
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23 attraction reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014

Really enjoyed our visit to the Italian chapel in the Orkney's. It is so beautiful and it is hard to believe that Italian POW's built this amazing chapel with their limited resources, and it is amazing to believe they were allowed to build to it. Very glad I got the chance to see it.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014

This chapel was built by Italian Prisoners of War during WWII. It demonstrates two amazing attributes of human endeavour. Firstly the understanding of the Officers in charge of the POWs that they listened to the men who wanted a place to pray and secondly to the skill and dedication of the prisoners who created a space of beauty and praise... More

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Perth, Scotland
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46 reviews 46 reviews
13 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014

Like many other Orkney attractions you want to try and avoid visiting this when there are one or more coaches parked in the car park. it is a very small building and best appreciated in peace and quiet. The story of how it came about is really quite humbling and what the Italian POWs achieved with very little is truly... More

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Cambridge England
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25 reviews 25 reviews
6 attraction reviews
56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014

Built by the Italian prisoners of war from the North Africa campaign who were brought over to construct the Churchill barriers protecting Scapa Flow. Using the very basics of materials, two Nissan huts, drift wood, an old postcard to copy for the altar piece...this inspirational building, overlooking Scapa Flow has brought diverse small communities of Orkney and Italy together over... More

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