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Italian Chapel

Address: Lamb Holm, Holm, Scotland
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5-Day Orkney Islands Tour from Edinburgh...
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Ranked #6 of 47 things to do in Holm
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic sites, Religious sites, Sights & Landmarks
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Type: Historic sites, Religious sites, Sights & Landmarks
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Melbourne, Australia
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42 reviews 42 reviews
20 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

this little gem was built by Italian POWs / latterly war workers, who were also building the Churchill Barriers. It has been lovingly maintained ever since. Unfortunately it was not open when we passed by (though it was supposed to be open), but even so we were able to press our noses against the window and see the insides anyway.... More 

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Hyderabad, India
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52 reviews 52 reviews
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26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2015

The chapel is very beautiful and hard to believe that it has been created by prisoners of war. Do look out for the heart on the floor and read the story behind it.

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Oxfordshire, United Kingdom
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211 reviews 211 reviews
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24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2015

This beautiful chapel was a creation of Italian POW's during WW2 and wished to build a place of there worship and it was built with basic materials with stunning effect.A must see as its truly astonishing.

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Ormiston
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31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

Visited here whilst on business. No one around it was so quiet and peaceful. Didn't expect to gain entry and was surprised when the door to chapel was open. It is so marvellous what the prisoners did in creating this from nothing, it really is amazing. Its a must see on Orkney.

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Harleysville, Pennsylvania
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49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2014

Reading about this place and looking at photos do not do it justice. It is magnificent. The people who built it must have been artists and craftsmen before they were soldiers.

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Stroud, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2014

I read about the chapel just before my trip and had my heart set on seeing it. Keep your eye out for the heart on the floor.

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Hudson, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2014

Hard to believe this was made by prisoners of war out of salvaged materials. It is beautiful and not to be missed.

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Gloucester, Massachusetts
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13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2014

The Italian Chapel in the Orkney Islands, the largest island called "Mainland" (It is not on the mainland of Scotland.) In 1945-46 about 1500 Italian prisoners of war were held in Orkney, building a breakwater called The Churchill Barrier. In one of the three camps was a gifted artist and sculpture. During their brief time there they built a lovely... More 

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Cirencester, United Kingdom
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58 reviews 58 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014

This lovely work of art was a creation of a people who were POW,s and wished to build a place of there own to practice the faith and it was built with basic materials with stunning effect.A must see as its truly astonishing.

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Adelaide, Australia
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30 reviews 30 reviews
12 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014

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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