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The Italian Chapel

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Lamb Holm, St. Mary's KW17 2RT, Scotland
+44 1856 781580
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Lamb Holm, St. Mary's KW17 2RT, Scotland
Lamb Holm, St. Mary's KW17 2RT, Scotland
+44 1856 781580
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Decorated beautifully on the inside and out. Helpful information about the history of the chapel and the story of the men who built it. It is remarkable. Felt a real sense of calm there. I was happy to pay the small fee - £5 i...More

Thank shA4055OU
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This chapel, built with scrap materials by Italian POWs during WWII is simply breathtaking! The detail from the painted ceilings to the candle holders is a tribute to human ingenuity. A definite must see on any trip to Orkney! When you are there, note the...More

Thank FloydBaran
Reviewed 13 December 2017

It's unbelievable how they can make something so boring so amazing. The attention to detail in here is remarkable. Such a beautiful place to go, whether you are religious or not.

Thank xWackix
Reviewed 18 November 2017

Italian POWs were brought from northern Africa to build the Churchill Barriers to keep out the German uboats from the Scapa Flow. The POWs were given two Nissen huts which they put together to create this chapel. The creativity and the craftsmanship of these POWS...More

Thank Trainbook
Reviewed 15 November 2017

This is a unique and beautifully built chapel. However, the story behind the building of this chapel is what amazed me the most. I am thankful for human kindness during times of war.

Thank vjv2007
Reviewed 12 November 2017

A wonderful story of perseverance. A very surprising, reverent and peaceful place erected in very trying times. The Chapel is a great example of what the desire for religious succor and the resourcefulness of the POW's with some compassion from their captors can accomplish with...More

Thank Larry B
Reviewed 8 November 2017

We almost skipped this chapel because we thought the BP 3 was a bit much for this small unimpressive-on-the-outside chapel. I am glad we "splurged," so to speak because a neighbor said it was a "not to be missed" part of Scotland. The history of...More

Thank Pegtrav
Reviewed 8 November 2017 via mobile

Awesome history need a good 45 mins to appreciate the work involved. So much up in the Orkneys to see if you can get there go Nick the Kiwi

Thank Nicholas D
Reviewed 7 November 2017

Visited the Italian Chapel earlier this year and was bowled over by the quality of both the original work and the restoration of this modest WWII building. A testament to the ingenuity and craftsman of the Italian prisoners of war. Excellent information panels explaining the...More

Thank John C
Reviewed 7 November 2017

Not disapponted. Sits by itself and you have to pay £4 to get in but the artwork and the way the whole place has been converted make it worthwhile

Thank Donna D
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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