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The Italian Chapel

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Address: Lamb Holm, St. Mary's KW17 2RT, Scotland
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
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Orkney Islands Day Trip from Inverness
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Nicely laid out grounds and entrance way. £3 entry fee to go inside. Very well kept inside and the painted brick walls look so realistic. Short visit but worthwhile for the POW... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
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Scotland, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Nicely laid out grounds and entrance way. £3 entry fee to go inside. Very well kept inside and the painted brick walls look so realistic. Short visit but worthwhile for the POW history side of things

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Dundee, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Shows what a bit of imagination, some hard work and a steady hand can accomplish. Lovely place to visit, a MUST DO if you're on the island.

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Isle of Barra, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Beautiful wee Chapel made from a Nissan hut by Italian POW The prisoners were also used to help build the Churchill Barriers

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Southwick, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 18, 2017

Just a wonderful example of love and art.in an isolated position. I arrived very early (by bus from Kirkwall) so spent some time admiring the place in peace and quiet. Remember the Italian Chapel is high on most visitors list so it can get crowded especially if the cruise ships are in port (this is true of ALL of Orkneys... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 16, 2017 via mobile

... there is no doubt that this is interestingly and beautifully done, and we loved the history of the site. We are happy to pay to support remote attractions in remaining open and viable, but it was certainly overpriced given that there is very little to see.

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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 28, 2016 via mobile

Rip off, don't visit. Charges recently introduced mean someone is profiteering by over £300,000 cash every year. This is insulting to all visitors, the Italian prisoners who originally built the chapel, and the British taxpayers who funded it. Boycott this rip off until charges are scrapped and voluntary donations restored. Where is all the money going? Don't support this rip... More 

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Somerset, Massachusetts
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 6, 2016

If you are pressed for time, perhaps this is the sight to skip? I prefer nature to structure so of course this is just my opinion. It has a nice story, very aged and quaint.

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Punjab, India
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 11, 2016

The Italian Chapel,standing as a lone structure at the top of a small hill of Lamb Holm, can be spotted from far as one approaches the famous Churchill Causeways in Orkney Islands. More than the building it is the facts about how it came into existence which gives it an extraordinary character. As a symbol of their dedication to His... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 1, 2016

Amazing to think that the men created such a lovely chapel from nothing. The artwork in the chapel is near perfect from a perspective point of view. Lovely to realise that even during times of war, beautiful things can be created.

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Ilkley, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 29, 2016

This chapel was built by Italian POWs during WW2 from two Nissen huts laid end to end. It is an absolute masterpiece and a huge testament to the craftsmanship of the Italian prisoners who were incarcerated here in the 1940s. The interior walls look as though they're covered in ceramics and the stained glass windows are very pretty indeed. The... More 

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