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Address: Lamb Holm, Holm, Scotland
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Just beautiful. The stories regarding this chapel are son special. Loved it. Wonderful wall paintings.

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 28, 2015
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Avignon, France
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015 NEW

Just beautiful. The stories regarding this chapel are son special. Loved it. Wonderful wall paintings.

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Cambridge, UK
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015 NEW

If you only visit one attraction in Orkney, make it this one. One piece of advice; the Chapel is small. If there's a coach parked outside and you have the possibility of coming back later (when there isn't) then do so. To appreciate the place and to see it properly, you need a bit of peace.

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Lopez Island, Washington
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015 NEW

The Italian Chapel is a testament to creating beauty amidst a time of hardship and suffering. Try to visit when you can have the place to yourself.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015 NEW

I just could not wonder how such a beautiful Chapel could be in the wilderness. It looks very simple from outside, but the moment you step inside it is stunning beauty of the paintings behind the Altar that strike you. The Madonna in it's most pious and silent form 'based on Madonna of the Olives'. Please do ensure that your... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015

You can't visit orkney without a visit to the Italian chapel. We were lucky to visit this time by car when there were no coaches there - only people in Chapel - peaceful and serene. A credit to the Italian POWs.

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Newcastle, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

A monument to the better side of humanity, created during a dark period of our recent history. After all these years it shines as though it had just been completed.

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Hobart, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2015

This ornate chapel, created by Italian POWs during WW2 from just 2 Nissen huts is a striking reminder of what humans will strive to create despite adversity- belief, beauty and hope. Although small, it is well worth dropping in as you pass by, to ponder this.

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Carp, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2015

The only negative thing is the signage is easily missed as the chapel is a little off the road. The obvious devotion and care put into this building is inspirational. For a brief time during the war, these prisoners could be at peace. It was very generous of the orkadians to allow this departure from work.

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Royal Tunbridge Wells, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2015

Fascinating relatively modern history of this chapel that was built by Italian PoWs and amazing interior paintwork undertaken by a talented artist. I loved hearing the sad story of the man who undertook the wrought ironwork who never returned after the war.

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Plymouth, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2015

Having known about this little chapel for many years we were delighted to be able to visit it, we were not disappointed. Interesting to learn how it was built and to read about the men who built it. This group of Italian prisoners of war were certainly a very talented bunch. I would like to thank them for all their... More 

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Address: Lamb Holm, Holm, Scotland
Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  Scotland  >  Orkney Islands  >  Mainland  >  Holm

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