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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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An incredible lasting tribute to the fortitude of men

This beautiful little chapel is a fantastic tribute to the faith and dedication of the group of Italian prisoners of war who built it during WW2. The detail and workmanship that... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
Alasdair M
Livingston, United Kingdom
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Livingston, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This beautiful little chapel is a fantastic tribute to the faith and dedication of the group of Italian prisoners of war who built it during WW2. The detail and workmanship that it demonstrates illustrates just what can be done with very basic materials and the supreme inventiveness of the human mind.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The Italian Chapel had long been on my bucket list and it was as unique as expected. The site is easy to drive past but well worth turning off for. Until recently it was kept open at all times but recent thefts mean there is now a kiosk and small charge for visiting. The stunning effect of the painting inside... More 

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Dorchester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Sadly last year someone saw fit to steal some of the Stations of the Cross symbols, so now there has to be someone in attendance during opening hours; visitors now have to pay a small admission fee to pay the overheads and this will also make a contribution to the cost of upkeep of this precious and beautifully preserved place... More 

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Wick, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Loved this little chapel. Very interesting to see and read about. The craftsmanship they put in to the chapel is unbelievable and the decoration is exquisite. A really interesting place. You will love it even more if you are interested in the ww2. A bit disappointing that you now have to pay for it but it is such a lovely... More 

Thank Angie M
South Brunswick, New Jersey
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Made during WWII by the Italian prisoners, it was a hut turned into a chapel with some beautiful artwork and Trompe-l'œil on the walls. Lots of detail to look at. There really isn't much here other than the chapel. Rather wild and windy otherwise. Worth a stop if you are in the area.

Thank Diane K
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a testament, just as the Neolithic sites, to the cooperative spirit of human beings in creating something for their community. Follow the instructions and don't touch the fragile paintwork even if you cannot believe that those tiles are actually painted on.

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McDonough, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This chapel is a fascinating look, in a beautiful setting, at the craftsmanship offered up by prisoners of war. Very much worth a top on your tour of Orkney.

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Oslo, Norway
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The Chapel Preservation Committee have done a great job here.It looks fresh and simple and it is with amazement that one thinks back to how much was achieved with so little. This is a place for reflection, thought and appreciation of how a local community and POW s managed to see beyond the mentality of war. It is a little... More 

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Leicester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

A visit to this chapel is a must if you are in Orkney. Other reviews have described how it was built by Italian POW's, but the amazing thing for me was how they aquired the paint and materials and what they did with them. The interior walls are made of paper but look like stone and there is a serenity... More 

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Motherwell, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Really enjoyed the visit here. It doesn't take long to look around so it is a quick stop but is it very impressive what they managed to do with the materials they had. It is also very well maintained. Well worth a visit.

Thank LinziHW

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