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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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bear@internode.on.net
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10 reviews 10 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014 NEW

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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Melbourne, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

This is a small chapel built by Italian prisoners of war while they were in Orkney during WW2. It is a tribute to the ingenuity and artistic ability of the prisoners and well worth the 20-30 minutes it takes to visit. We had a guide who provided background information while we were there and that certainly added to the experience.... More

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Horsham, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

This labour of love, by Italian prisoners of war, is quite unique and exquisite. A simple Nissen hut has been transformed and makes one almost feel transported to Rome or Florence. Local people are very proud and protective of this chapel, which has proved to be the basis of a longlasting friendship between two distant and very different European communities.

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traveling cat
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

it is a lovely chapel made by the Italian prisoners of war who needed a place to worship and it is lovely but it had been hyped so much to us that by the time we got there, it was a bit of a disappointment. had been expecting so much more. That said, had we gone the first day without... More

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South West Scotland
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

The Italian Chapel is worth a visit and would have rated higher except that there isn't really enough information available at it for the visitor. I would have liked to have known more but have had to resort to google to get additional information. There aren't any facilities there but the attraction is free and open all the time.

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Dalkeith, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

If you are in Orkney, do not miss this. The story of how it came to be built is inspiring and the Chapel is beautiful. A moving testament to artistry and humanity from a dark time in this nation's history.

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Orlando, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

This little chapek is something of a heart warming story. We visited here as part of a private tour and thought we would leave a review. We really enjoyed the story behind the building of this wartime chapel and loved the building itself which all seems to be salvaged material. Only thing was that it was very busy with coaches... More

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Ayr, Scotland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

Nothing to dislike, apart from the thief who had stolen several of the stations of the cross. It is a humbling experience to visit and realise the depth of faith that the Italian prisioners had to create such a beautiful place of worship from nissan huts.

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