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Lamb Holm, St. Mary's KW17 2RT, Scotland
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The tiny Italian chapel with its beautiful and elaborate paintings is well worth a visit. Learn about the story behind this beautiful building and marvel at the craftsmanship to build and paint it. Absolutely stunning on a small scale.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank John A
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Talk about fascinating! There is so much history packed into this little chapel and the artwork is stunning. It's a great place to visit and reflect on the history of how it got there. It's a history we should all know and never forget. The...More

Date of experience: April 2018
Thank BL_adventure
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

What a story: building a church with the material that was available in wartime by the prisoners of war from Italy. Still a special place, inside really a feeling of a church. We were here 14 years ago when we first visited Orkney. Nowadays there...More

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank Sonnie2403
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Easy to reach by bus, this is a little treasure. We watched as a group of Italians remembered their relatives and then admired the work they'd done making this so attractive a place

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank DickTravels
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Beautiful church how the Italian prisoners of war made it is beyond belief. The workmanship is amazing such fine detailing they should be very proud of what they made.

Date of experience: January 2018
Thank dave c
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This chapel is amazing and has a wow factor I am not religious but it makes you understand why people are.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Carole A
Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

If you are on the island you have to see this beautiful place. The story behind the site is what brought us in but it's the incredible craftsmanship that will make this place impossible to forget. I would definitely recommend the small fee to go...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank nicolebrubaker
Reviewed November 2, 2018

The chapel exceeded our expectations. That something made from such humble origins - two Nissan huts joined together - has survived in such good condition is reward for those who created it and for those who have maintained it. You must stop and see if...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Wisest-old-man
Reviewed October 26, 2018

A beautiful chapel to visit with a fantastic story to tell. The small charge for visiting is well worth it. The story of Italian POWs and their relative building a maintaining the chapel is is compelling and the images you take away from the chapel...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Bob J
Reviewed October 25, 2018

Steeped in history, this tiny hand crafted Catholic Church was built by Italian prisoners of war during WW11. They used whatever materials they could get to make this a stunning place of worship. This is a loving tribute to the faith that gave them comfort...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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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