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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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Adelaide, Australia
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25 reviews 25 reviews
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20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014 NEW

The Italian chapel is a must to visit when on Mainland Orkney. The soldiers did a wonderful job of salvaging unwanted items and creating a chapel that is beautiful and humble. It was my second visit and I was sad to see that 3 of the wooden plagues had been stolen. My friends and I sat quietly in the chapel... More

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Scotland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2014

In the Second World War, fresh from the desert battlefields of North Africa, came a band of Italian POWs in their desert fatigues to the far North of Britain, to the windswept and wet Orkney Isles. Faced with a lack of a place to celebrate their Catholic faith they approached the authorities who donated two disused Nissen Huts. What happened... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2014

It's quite amazing to think this was built over 70 years ago. Was over in Orkney so had to visit the Italian chapel. It's amazing the work and time that went into building it and is a reminder of what people can achieve.

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Oswaldtwistle, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2014

I love this little chapel and keep coming back to it, the artwork covering it walls is so beautiful, and knowing the story behind it makes it even more so.

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Melbourne Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2014

Initially i thought there were tiles on the ceiling then I stopped to look and realised it was all hand painted It is absolutely beautiful

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Nelson, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014

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
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2014

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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2014

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
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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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