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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 yesterday 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 2 days 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 4 days 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 4 days 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 4 days 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 6 days 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 1 week 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
Reviewed 1 week ago

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

Thank Geoff H
Reviewed 1 week ago

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

Thank fizzy1991
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We all found our visit to this chapel moving, the chapel itself is beautiful but it is its message of peace that is more powerful.

Thank Lettie999
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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