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The Italian Chapel

Lamb Holm, St. Mary's KW17 2RT, Scotland
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Lamb Holm, St. Mary's KW17 2RT, Scotland
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Reviewed 2 days ago

Italian prisoners of war had, during their internment on the Orkneys, turned a Nissen hut into a small chapel which will take your breath away with the imagination, skill and artistry of the people who created it. It is very small and is out of...More

Thank Simon C
Reviewed 5 days ago

The Italian Chapel is just beautiful. Very small, but the work of the Italian prisoner of war who created it is just stunning. Even more amazing is the heartfelt reverence for this chapel expressed by our tour guide. She so lovingly describes how it came...More

Thank Linda S
Reviewed 6 days ago

A wonderful piece of history and an amazing chapel constructed by Italian POWs during WW2. Overlooking the Churchill Barriers which they were building

Thank Snorri1
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Very very impressive what these Italian prisoners of war achieved with extremely limited resources in terms of finances and materials. Well worth a historical visit for £3.

Thank 124hughie
Reviewed 1 week ago

This was a stunning suprise on my trip. Really awesome place. Built by Italian POWs during the second world war, out of essentially scrap materials. The worksmanship is amazing, and the dedication of those that built it is remarkable. I loved the story of the...More

Thank Musicalhamster
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The Italian Chapel is located south of Kirkwall only some 30 minutes away. It is definitely worth a visit. It was built by Italian prisoners during World War II. It was not finished until the end of the war. In 1960 and in 1990 the...More

Thank reise-tanta-di
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This chapel was one of the interesting sites on tourists' itinerary on their visit to the Orkney Islands. The history of the chapel is compelling. The chapel is quite small, however, so that it gets very crowded inside it when the tour buses discharge their...More

Thank Margaret C
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

A true work of art. Breathtaking as you walk in the door. A must see on your visit to Orkney. Simply stunning.

Thank JillAdventures
Reviewed 1 week ago

Well worth a visit, small chapel but what talents the people had to make this. Fascinating story of the chapel and the area during WWII.

Thank susan j
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We loved the Italian Chapel. We love Italy and all things Italian anyway, and this wee building typifies Italians' love of beautiful things, their religion, and their ability to overcome adversity. The building isn't large, but its story is. You need to visit Orkney to...More

Thank seljangolf
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17 February 2015|
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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