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Address: Lamb Holm, Holm, Scotland
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You can't miss this if you are on Orkney. Such a beautiful place and such a wonderful history. Best to try and avoid being there at the same time as the tour buses as it's very... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 29, 2015
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

You can't miss this if you are on Orkney. Such a beautiful place and such a wonderful history. Best to try and avoid being there at the same time as the tour buses as it's very small.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

Even as someone who is not religious you cannot help but be moved by this wee gem. The story behind it and what these men produced given the circumstances. Loved it.

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Whangarei, NZ
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 117 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 NEW

This is a place I love to go to each time I visit the Orkney Islands. It’s best to go early-ish morning or late afternoon when the tourist buses have been and gone and you can have the place to yourself. The chapel is all that’s left now of Camp 60, home to Italian POWs during World War II. The... More 

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Des Moines, Iowa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW via mobile

Quite inspiring how the POWs were allowed to use camp scraps to build their own chapel. Reminds one of old days when enemy combatants and their captors had mutual respect for each other's humanity In keeping with the history of the chapel Admission is a free-will donation.

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Lincolnshire, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

This isn't something you expect to see every day. The Italian PoWs who were garrisoned here during WWII wished to create an appropriate space for worship. They constructed this chapel out of two nissan huts, and fitted it for divine service using nothing but scraps of wood and metal, as they could find it. The artwork inside has to be... More 

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scotland101
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015 NEW

Wonderful experience Emotional interesting many Italians visiting Some good came out of war people survived

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Newton Stewart, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015 NEW

Nestled at the side of one of the Churchill Barriers the Italian Chapel is tiny from the outside. It's an old Nissan type hut and looks nothing from the outside but once inside the love and attention that has gone into making this little space so beautiful is stunning. It was hard to believe that everything was hand painted by... More 

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Manresa, Spain
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015 NEW

The Italian Chapel is a curious church built by a group of Italian soldiers during the II World War. It only deserves a visit after having seen the rest of monuments (specially the neolithic sites) of Orkney. It is far from being a must to see.

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saint etienne, France
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015

Very original site. Chapel raised during world war 2 by Italian prisoners, which were in Orkney Islands to help building the "Churchill barriers" to protect the navy. They organised as much as possible a kind of village with different activities, sporting, cultural or religious. They needed a chapel. The site is very nice and emotional.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015

Don't just visit the Chapel read about it beforehand to gain a little background knowledge first. That will undoubtedly help you appreciate your time here far more. It is incredible what can be accomplished in wartime, by prisoners of war, in harsh conditions and using just two Nissen Huts, some ingenuity and a desire to succeed and built something rather... More 

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