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Address: Lamb Holm, Holm, Scotland
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Amazing what could be achieved from scrap - I understand the lamps were made from corned beef tins! So much talent in teh creation of this place The chapel has an amazingly... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 27, 2015
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Southport, United Kingdom
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19 reviews 19 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015 NEW

Amazing what could be achieved from scrap - I understand the lamps were made from corned beef tins! So much talent in teh creation of this place The chapel has an amazingly warm and peaceful feeling (and this from a "heathen"). The painted brickwork has to be touched to prove it is not real. Wonderful that something so good could... More 

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Darwin, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015 NEW

This is something different from the usual Stone Age and similar attractions on Orkney. A nice bit of world war 2 history. The detail of this chapel is magnificent, and the history of its construction fascinating. Well worth the visit.

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St. Andrews, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015 NEW

This is well worth stopping to see. It's very close to the road and is just beautiful. It's amazing what was created from a nissen hut and the detail is incredible. It's a lovely story and very moving

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Galashiels, United Kingdom
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15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015 NEW

A testament to man's ability to remain creative in the face of adversity and to hold dear to his beliefs. This chapel illustrates how something quite beautiful can be created out of mundane materials. A "must" when visiting Orkney

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Benfleet
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 NEW

The Italians prisoners were given permission to build the chapel but without any materials to do so. The whole structure and contents were scrounged. The chapel stands adjacent to the original prisoner camp site which is now an open field with some of the old foundations of the huts showing. A must see on ones visit to the Orkneys.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015 NEW

We were on the maxi day trip and this was our last stop of the day. For us it was the highlight. Everything about this place was incredible- the history and how the POWs created this magnificent chapel from basic materials as well as wanting to complete the chapel after the war ended. Loved the George and the dragon sculpture... More 

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London
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39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015 NEW

Just by the side of one of the Churchill Barriers the visit will only take a few minutes but is well worth it if only to see the tiled effect a master created simply with paint. A moment to savour and to marvel at the ingenuity and dedication of a group of Italian POWs interned on a windy hill far... More 

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Southampton
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

Two nissan huts end to end and deication and expertise from Italian POWs have created this beautiful chapel where simple beauty and love are exquisitely expressed. The delicate screen is made from the scrap metal of sunken ships, and ditto the wooden candlesticks made from ships bannisters. The Madonna behind the altar is a copy of a picture given to... More 

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Leigh-on Sea, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

Worth a visit as it is so beautiful especially when you consider how it was made. A credit to the artistry of the men who built and created it.

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Brisbane, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 via mobile

I found this little chapel an incredibly beautiful and peaceful building. The history of its establishment is heart breaking, it having been erected by men who were stripped of their dignity and their homelands. Thankfully, it has been preserved for people like me to enjoy.

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