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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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$89.44*
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Orkney Islands Day Trip from Inverness
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A fragile Chapel with a strong character

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... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 weeks ago
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Punjab, India
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Punjab, India
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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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Ravenshoe
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

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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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 28, 2016

This is worth a stop to see some impressive artwork. The history is fascinating. Easy to find. Easy to park.

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Dundee, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 27, 2016

The Italian Chapel is a truly wonderful piece of craftsmanship, built from 2 Nissan huts these prisoners were well and truly professional artists

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Kirkwall, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 25, 2016

A tiny hand built chapel in a Nissan hut. but so soo very beautiful and standing testament to man love of God. This tiny chapel has stood the tests of time and the bleak Orkney weather thanks to the loving care of the land owner. Unfortunately the chapel has experienced some mindless acts of vandalism and theft over the last... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 21, 2016

What a stunning and fascinating little chapel. The history behind its completion and what the POW's achieved is remarkable. There is a small fee to get in but goes towards the upkeep of the chapel. It is well worth a visit while in Orkney!

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 3, 2016

Worth your time to visit going to or coming from the Orkney ferry at St Margarets Hope. I did not initially feel inclined to spend time here but after your visit you will understand why it is worth 15-30 minutes of your precious holiday time.

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Argyll and Bute, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 29, 2016 via mobile

The Italian Chapel ,absolutely stunning inside,had goose bumps when I went inside, and the history was very interesting, must see if you visit Orkney

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 28, 2016

This wonderful building built during the horrors of WW2 is iconic in that it was built by prisoners of war to worship in and has been maintained by the Italian people literally ever since.Well worth a visit and worth the £3 entrance fee.

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