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.
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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
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
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
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.
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
We had read some of the history of the Chapel, but seeing it was something else. It's hard to imagine the lives of the Italian POWs - so far from home, and in such a different place. Given the basic buildings the Chapel started out...More
This little chapel is beautiful but that is not it's main draw. The people who built this chapel, Italian POW's are the great inspiration for going to see this place. They wanted a place to worship so much that they sacrificed there time and hard...More