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The Italian Chapel

Lamb Holm, St. Mary's KW17 2RT, Scotland
+44 1856 781580
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“nissen huts” (58 reviews)
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Lamb Holm, St. Mary's KW17 2RT, Scotland
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"nissen huts"
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"italian chapel"
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"during wwii"
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"scapa flow"
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"little gem"
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"piece of history"
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

This is a truly beautiful chapel, built and restored by Italian POWs between 1943-1945. After the church was vandalized, the Italian POWs returned to Scotland and restored the chapel. Beautiful wood carvings of the 14 Stations of the Cross were donated by one of the...More

Thank Mary Anne D
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Took cruise around around British Isles, stopping in Orkney. So much history, The Italian Chapel built by Italian prisoners of war, who were working on barriers protecting Scapa Flow. Chapel was built from a Quonset hut and other materials they could find. It is a...More

Thank kdmjeddore
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Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a beautiful place to visit. The work involved by the prisoners in making this a place of worship is outstanding. Thanks to the people of Orkney for keeping this chapel in the condition it is in, it could so easily have been left...More

Thank caledonia53
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Reviewed 1 week ago

It was quite an experience to see how the Italian POWs managed to turn a quonset hut into a chapel. You could spend as much or as little time there as you like.

Thank capaton
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Reviewed 1 week ago

The Italian Chapel is a highly ornate Roman Catholic chapel on Lambholm, Orkney KW17 2RT It was built during World War II by Italian prisoners of war. This was very spiritual place which had me amazed at the beautiful paintings. Only £3.00 admission cash sterling...More

Thank Chez M
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

It was wonderful to see such warm human moments across the havoc of war. The intrinsic humanity of the place ; it’s preservation and subsequent history strikes the noblest strings of the heart. A must see for all. The human being can rise above itself.

Thank Ashish M
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Reviewed 1 week ago

The Italian Chapel was the first site we visited on Orkney's mainland. I had read about it beforehand so I knew about the story behind the chapel - Italian POWs during WWII were interned nearby, as builders of the "Churchill Barriers" that were supposed to...More

Thank Shaked007
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Great place to visit and can be accessed by public transport X1 bus. Best to avoid when tourist buses arrive as it can get crowded. £3 admission charge but it is worth it.Built by WW2 Italian prisoners.

Thank Walter D
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Wonderful and stunning chapel. Amazing to see what can be done with scavenging. Time your trip to avoid the tourist buses

Thank eadecres
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Italian chapel built by WW2 Italian prisoners of war, show a care and love for their religion, in what must have been to them a desolate location compared to their native Italy. An interesting insight into the liason between the captured and their captors....More

Thank cloosh
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EmmaSpurginHussey
18 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
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