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The Italian Chapel

Lamb Holm, St. Mary's KW17 2RT, Scotland
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Lamb Holm, St. Mary's KW17 2RT, Scotland
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"during wwii"
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"piece of history"
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"worth a stop"
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The £3 entry fee is well worth handing over. It’s a very cute little place, and the history is interesting. Great for taking photos.

Thank Backpacker_Bill
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Reviewed 2 days ago

My partner and dine stopped here as soon as we landed on Orkney. We had both read of this amazing achievement by the Italian POWs and had to visit. We were blessed with a sunny day. It is simple and a testament to the creativity...More

Thank morebeernow
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We visited the Italian Chapel when we did a tour of the Orkneys. What a marvellous place and the history is fascinating, how those soldiers must have felt leaving sunny Italy and helping to build the Churchill barriers on Orkney, no wonder they wanted a...More

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Reviewed January 4, 2018

Decorated beautifully on the inside and out. Helpful information about the history of the chapel and the story of the men who built it. It is remarkable. Felt a real sense of calm there. I was happy to pay the small fee - £5 i...More

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Reviewed December 28, 2017

This chapel, built with scrap materials by Italian POWs during WWII is simply breathtaking! The detail from the painted ceilings to the candle holders is a tribute to human ingenuity. A definite must see on any trip to Orkney! When you are there, note the...More

Thank FloydBaran
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Reviewed December 13, 2017

It's unbelievable how they can make something so boring so amazing. The attention to detail in here is remarkable. Such a beautiful place to go, whether you are religious or not.

Thank xWackix
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Reviewed November 18, 2017

Italian POWs were brought from northern Africa to build the Churchill Barriers to keep out the German uboats from the Scapa Flow. The POWs were given two Nissen huts which they put together to create this chapel. The creativity and the craftsmanship of these POWS...More

Thank Trainbook
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Reviewed November 15, 2017

This is a unique and beautifully built chapel. However, the story behind the building of this chapel is what amazed me the most. I am thankful for human kindness during times of war.

Thank vjv2007
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Reviewed November 12, 2017

A wonderful story of perseverance. A very surprising, reverent and peaceful place erected in very trying times. The Chapel is a great example of what the desire for religious succor and the resourcefulness of the POW's with some compassion from their captors can accomplish with...More

Thank Larry B
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Reviewed November 8, 2017

We almost skipped this chapel because we thought the BP 3 was a bit much for this small unimpressive-on-the-outside chapel. I am glad we "splurged," so to speak because a neighbor said it was a "not to be missed" part of Scotland. The history of...More

Thank Pegtrav
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EmmaSpurginHussey
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Response from KennybOrmiston | Reviewed this property |
So sometime late 1943 two nissen huts were given to the prisoners. They left the island 9 Sep 1944. Difficult to say exactly when it was first used as a chapel though.. owing to the fortunes of war the chapel was in use a... More
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