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Italian Chapel

Lamb Holm Orkney, Scotland
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Ranked #4 of 27 attractions in Mainland
Type: Historic Sites, Religious Sites
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Highlands
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64 reviews 64 reviews
17 attraction reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014 NEW

Of course it doesn't look like much (a old nissan hut painted to look like a small chapel inside) but when you consider the circumstances of how it came to be there and understand the history of it - it is amazing. It was built by Italian prisoners of war (who also built the Churchill Barriers). It is a very... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2014

very intersting chapel build by prisoners of war, very lovely and touching structure and their commitment to their religion

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Aberdeen, United Kingdom
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43 reviews 43 reviews
16 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2014

Can't recommend the chapel highly enough. The artwork is fantastic and the story behind it is very moving. I hope that the people of Orkney continue to look after the chapel for the generations to come.

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Dervaig, Tobermory, Isle of Mull, United Kingdom
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40 reviews 40 reviews
18 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2014

This chapel dates from WWII, when Italian prisoners of war were imprisoned on the island of Bursay and made to build the Churchill Barriers to protect the British fleet which were moored in Scapa Flow. The chapel is a couple of Nissen huts which have been decorated in Italian style by some of the very talented POWs. Happily it is... More

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Cockermouth, United Kingdom
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13 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2014

What a surprise when we entered the chapel - a true labour of love created by the Italian prisoners of war. The skill of the artists is amazing. The nearby wine shop is well worth a visit - a delicious selection of locally made fruit wines.

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Leeds
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2014

I remember seeing the Italian Chapel on tv when I was a child (way way back in the 1960s) and wanting to go there but never thinking I would. 10 years ago I was lucky enough to visit and then last week I was able to go again. It was just as awe-inspiring as I remembered, both as a place... More

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Aberdeen, United Kingdom
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4 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2014

I visited the Italian Chapel as part of a tour. Firstly the chapel was built by Italian POWs during the second world war so an impressive feat itself. I expected the Winter in Orkney to be unforgiving and was very suprosed to see that it was beautiful and sunny with a slight warmth in the air. This made my trip... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2014

I am a tour guide who takes Italians on tours of Scotland (Edinburgh, Glasgow, Stirling, Skye, etc...). apart form the emotional impact on my Italian visitors (well into the thousands at my last count), this place is magical and spiritual. I lived in Stromness, in Orkney, for some years and always did the 40 minute car drive to the chapel... More

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Fort St. John, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2014

It was a cool and windy day when the 4 of us visited this wonderful little Chapel. I was amazed at the workmanship that went into it ,with so little in the way of materials. It is a must see for anyone visiting the Orkney Islands. I would visit it again. The thing I loved the most was the small... More

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warwick
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2014

I read about this chapel build by Italian POWs during WW2 on a small island in Scapa Flow. The Italians POWs were used to construct the Churchill Barriers linking islands to keep the Allied Fleet safe from U-boat attack after the sinking of the Royal Oak with the loss of 833 sailors. The chapel, build from two Nissen huts joined... More

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