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The Italian Chapel

Lamb Holm, St. Mary's KW17 2RT, Scotland
+44 1856 781580
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Orkney Islands Day Trip from Inverness
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  • Excellent69%
  • Very good24%
  • Average5%
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“nissen huts” (54 reviews)
“italian chapel” (140 reviews)
Suggested Duration: < 1 hour
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Lamb Holm, St. Mary's KW17 2RT, Scotland
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+44 1856 781580
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Reviewed yesterday

If on "The Orkneys" well worth the visit. Wonderful drive on the way out,lots of places to stop, The chapel is quite wonderful, great history.

Thank Andrew R
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Reviewed yesterday

I had heard about this chapel, seen photographs and television programmes but none of them do it justice. The facade is beautiful but, walking inside, there is such a sense of peace and tranquility it took my beath away. How these prisoners created such a...More

Thank alteman
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Reviewed 4 days ago

You have to experience this. It is beautiful but when you consider how it came into being, it reaches a whole new level of emotions.

Thank Irene1202
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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

A very humbling experience and a wonderful place to visit. The lady in the tourist office there was extremely helpful and she went the extra mile answering our questions. This really helped our understanding of the story of the church and the lives of the...More

Thank pado21
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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

This is a must see when in the islands. It was very moving and beautiful. How these men managed to build something so meaningful from scraps is beyond words. We had a tour guide, but there is a great pamphlet you can purchase for a...More

Thank lisamarieclarktx
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Only £3 pp to get in, so not a huge price. A tiny little Chapel, beautifully decorated but just a 5 minute stop, so good if you're passing but don't make a special trip.

2  Thank jomatthews123
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Reviewed 1 week ago

I’ve been there twice before and this visit, my third, was still as moving. The story is wonderful, and the fact that one of the builders (POW) strayed to finish his work, over his freedom, is just so touching. A beautiful place.

1  Thank J C
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Took a small tour, 7 people from our cruise ship. We used Abs.Taxi for an Island tour. Abs was terrific, he knew the ins and outs of the island and got us to all the places before the big busses. Case in point here, very...More

1  Thank Lovetocruise2020
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Reviewed 1 week ago

An absolutely charming bit of WW II history. The chapel was built in a quonset hut by Italian prisoners of war, using salvaged wood and scraps. Well worth a stop, well interpreted and fun.

1  Thank fmdedolph
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Reviewed 1 week ago

This small chapel has a huge history. It was built by Italian POW's with very limited tools and supplies. Yet they transformed 2 Nissen huts into a chapel that has beautiful painted murals inside. We were asked not to touch any of the walls as...More

1  Thank Zenergygal
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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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