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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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A fragile Chapel with a strong character

The Italian Chapel,standing as a lone structure at the top of a small hill of Lamb Holm, can be spotted from far as one approaches the famous Churchill Causeways in Orkney... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed November 11, 2016
Punjab, India
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Rip off, don't visit. Charges recently introduced mean someone is profiteering by over £300,000 cash every year. This is insulting to all visitors, the Italian prisoners who originally built the chapel, and the British taxpayers who funded it. Boycott this rip off until charges are scrapped and voluntary donations restored. Where is all the money going? Don't support this rip... More 

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Somerset, Massachusetts
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 6, 2016

If you are pressed for time, perhaps this is the sight to skip? I prefer nature to structure so of course this is just my opinion. It has a nice story, very aged and quaint.

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Punjab, India
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 11, 2016

The Italian Chapel,standing as a lone structure at the top of a small hill of Lamb Holm, can be spotted from far as one approaches the famous Churchill Causeways in Orkney Islands. More than the building it is the facts about how it came into existence which gives it an extraordinary character. As a symbol of their dedication to His... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 1, 2016

Amazing to think that the men created such a lovely chapel from nothing. The artwork in the chapel is near perfect from a perspective point of view. Lovely to realise that even during times of war, beautiful things can be created.

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Ilkley, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 29, 2016

This chapel was built by Italian POWs during WW2 from two Nissen huts laid end to end. It is an absolute masterpiece and a huge testament to the craftsmanship of the Italian prisoners who were incarcerated here in the 1940s. The interior walls look as though they're covered in ceramics and the stained glass windows are very pretty indeed. The... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 28, 2016

This is worth a stop to see some impressive artwork. The history is fascinating. Easy to find. Easy to park.

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Dundee, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 27, 2016

The Italian Chapel is a truly wonderful piece of craftsmanship, built from 2 Nissan huts these prisoners were well and truly professional artists

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Kirkwall, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 25, 2016

A tiny hand built chapel in a Nissan hut. but so soo very beautiful and standing testament to man love of God. This tiny chapel has stood the tests of time and the bleak Orkney weather thanks to the loving care of the land owner. Unfortunately the chapel has experienced some mindless acts of vandalism and theft over the last... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 21, 2016

What a stunning and fascinating little chapel. The history behind its completion and what the POW's achieved is remarkable. There is a small fee to get in but goes towards the upkeep of the chapel. It is well worth a visit while in Orkney!

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 3, 2016

Worth your time to visit going to or coming from the Orkney ferry at St Margarets Hope. I did not initially feel inclined to spend time here but after your visit you will understand why it is worth 15-30 minutes of your precious holiday time.

Thank Stephen L

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