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The Italian Chapel

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Address: Lamb Holm, St. Mary's KW17 2RT, Scotland
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
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Lovely chapel with very interesting history. Built by Italian prisoners of war. Beautiful paintings throughout. Well worth a visit if in the area

Reviewed 2 days ago
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Lovely chapel with very interesting history. Built by Italian prisoners of war. Beautiful paintings throughout. Well worth a visit if in the area

Thank Lisa K
Soderkoping, Sweden
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Reviewed 1 week ago

The Italian chapel is a Beautiful Roman Catholic chapel situated on Lamb Holm in Orkney that was bulit by Italian prisoners of war during the second world war between 1942 and 1945. Their original task was to build the "Churchill barriers". Most of the interior was made by a workforce led by Domenico Chiocchetti who stayed on the Island for... More 

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Scotland, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I love this tiny but yet ornate chapel. We got there just after the opening time and we had the place to ourselves.

Gloucestershire, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Interesting church made in nissan hut by prisoners of war, used to be free entry but now £3 each to get in. Took 5 mins to look at so not worth it for family of four. Under 12 go free.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

If you are on Orkney, you should try to make time to visit this chapel. It was built during World War Two by Italian Prisoners of War. The drive to the chapel isn't far from Kirkwall (around 10-15 minutes) and you drive across a bridge to get onto the island. It is £3 per person to enter. There is a... More 

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Orillia, Canada
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This was on our list of places to hit up while we were on the Islands, and it is a really neat little place. The history about the Italian POWs that were interred here, and how they helped build the road and links between the Islands was amazing. The fact that they built this Roman Catholic Church on their own... More 

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Hong Kong, China
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Quaint chapel built by Italian POWs interned on Orkney Islands. Interesting historical link to WWII and the Island.

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

A must see. We had heard from a number of locals that we must go and see the Italian chapel as it was out of this world and we were not disappointed. Although we did not spend a long time at the chapel (30 minutes) it was inspiring to see such a creation. The attention to detail and the quality... More 

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Scotland, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago 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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Reviewed March 15, 2017

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.

Thank AllanHunt

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