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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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Orkney Islands Day Trip from Inverness

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Brilliant Chapel

It was wonderful to visit this famous chapel. It stands as a testament to the power of the human spirit and faith in tough times. The history is interesting and it doesn't end... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

It was wonderful to visit this famous chapel. It stands as a testament to the power of the human spirit and faith in tough times. The history is interesting and it doesn't end there as the chapel continues to be important to both Orkney and Italians. Peaceful and reflective inside.

Thank ScottishTemplar
North London
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 193 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

As an atheist, this and the Catholic cathedral in Liverpool could tempt me to religion. The story is interesting and Oving of how this most wonderful work of art came into being. It is a church and a low key experience but worth buying the booklet. Do not miss this experience if you put it in context of the war... More 

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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Do your homework and read about this amazing place first to get an understanding of it. There is a lot of history and it helps to readup to appreciate its beauty.

Thank Fiona H
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

a wonderful and moving holy site, and can be used for weddings. There is an entry fee of £3.00, but well worth it. There arre booklets on sale for £1.00 which give the history and are great value!

Thank JanLedbury
Dublin, Ireland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Built by Italian prisoners of war during WW2. What a wonderful deed to have built it reverently as such a beautiful and sacred shrine to the Catholic faith. Inside it has a lovely serene and holy atmosphere and is beautifully decorated in such a simple way. The local people look after it with such great pride and the Mass is... More 

Thank David K
Shotts, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Have seen it on TV documentaries , but only when you visit it do you appreciate the beauty and skills of the POWs, who built this lovely Chapel in their camp . It is a fitting memorial to them and is worth spending quite a bit of time to take it in. Can get very busy at times with coach... More 

Thank Lamont213
Troon, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

A beautiful building with an extraordinary story to go with it. Definitely worth a look if you are in the area. Would recommend!

Thank MrPBSmith
Inverness, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This chapel is worth a stop, and at £3.00 entrance fee is fine as you are unlikely to spend over half an hour there. Because of vandalism, it is now attended and has CCTV all around the place. Its worth looking at the history of the chapel, especially the metal heart set into the floor under where the metal gates... More 

Thank Kelpie48
Belfast, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

A small but unique wartime site. A real beacon of hope and peace birthed in the midst of conflict and despair.

Thank DACampton
Sudbury, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This jewel cannot be missed on any tour. It represents the best efforts of WW II Italian POWs who centred their talents and faith on building this chapel. With no exact building materials they had to imagine how to create each part of this church from found bits of trash. From these they created a work of art - so... More 

Thank Judy B

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