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Italian Chapel

Address: Lamb Holm, Holm, Scotland
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Ranked #1 of 1 Attractions in Holm
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Religious Sites, Historic Sites, Sights & Landmarks
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Type: Religious Sites, Historic Sites, Sights & Landmarks
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Ormiston
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70 reviews 70 reviews
4 attraction reviews
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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99 reviews 99 reviews
21 attraction reviews
47 helpful votes 47 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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4 reviews 4 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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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12 reviews 12 reviews
8 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
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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20 reviews 20 reviews
7 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 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
18 attraction reviews
62 helpful votes 62 helpful votes
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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13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
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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12 reviews 12 reviews
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
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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18 reviews 18 reviews
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
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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