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The Italian Chapel

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Lamb Holm, St. Mary's KW17 2RT, Scotland
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“nissen huts” (49 reviews)
“italian chapel” (130 reviews)
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Lamb Holm, St. Mary's KW17 2RT, Scotland
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Having seen the chapel on the TV recently I decided a visit was on the cards. It was more extraordinary than any photo or TV documentary could have portrayed. Simply incredible, stain glass windows (with no glass or light), 3D tiles (painted on), lanterns made...More

Thank Edward D
Reviewed 5 days ago

Visited in dreadful weather, but a pleasant welcome in the reception hut. Interesting piece of history and all Orcadians are grateful for the improvement in infrastructure the Italians performed in WW11. Also the extra tourist money that comes with the visits these days. Chapel is...More

Thank DanDale
Reviewed 6 days ago

If you are anywhere close, please make time to visit this amazing Chapel. You will never believe you are standing in an old Nissen Hut. I must admit to being amused to think that while the allied prisoners were trying to escape, the Italians accepted...More

Thank Jonquil F
Reviewed 1 week ago

Well worth a visit, the sheer skill of the Italian service men is amazing, everything made from whatever they had available. Beautifully preserved.

Thank Saabaero
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Inspirational chapel with amazing history. So atmospheric and beautifully maintained. Well worth the entrance fee and it is a special place to visit.

Thank pennybrowning
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a work of art built by prisoners of war. It is small, so try and avoid the time when coaches are there, but well worth a visit.

Thank John H
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Amazing how this was built and made out of not much and how well it has preserved. It is worth a peek.

Thank JanandMik
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We went on a rare Sunday when there was a Mass so we had to return on our way back later in the day. Well worth while. I've visited a few such chapels - they've all been good but I think this the best I've...More

Thank John B
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Built by Italian prisoners of war this chapel is quite stunning, a great place to visit, just to see the paintings and loved the wooden carved plaques telling the story of Jesus around the chapel. Very plain but stunning place. Easy to park and accessible...More

Thank Fiona F
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is definitely a must see if visiting Orkney. This was built by the Italian POW's during 1943 and is a testament to faith. I t has been well maintained and it is quite magnificent and spiritual. Their story is quite remarkable and heartwarming a...More

Thank Evergreen32
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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