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The Italian Chapel

Lamb Holm, St. Mary's KW17 2RT, Scotland
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Orkney Islands Day Trip from Inverness
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Lamb Holm, St. Mary's KW17 2RT, Scotland
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Reviewed 4 days ago

I had read the Phillip Paris book, so I knew the interesting history of this lovely little gem. is only £3 to get inside, but look at the wrought iron work made by an Italian POW, as was all of it. the tiling and bell...More

Thank Arramattic
Reviewed 6 days ago

This is a place worth visiting at the ingenuity of what humans can achieve even when separated from home and at wartime. This wee chapel, built by Italian prisoners of war during WWII, has details just right. Lanterns are made out of bully beef tins....More

Thank amost
Reviewed 6 days ago

most visitors to Orkney will have heard of this remarkable Chapel. We always intended to visit and it was not a disappointment. Well worth an hour or so to soak in the history and the achievement of the people who built it.

Thank 321terry
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This lovely little chapel was fashioned out of very ordinary materials by Italian PoWS You do not to be a person of faith to appreciate the artistic endeavours and hope of the men who made this place so special. You used to be able to...More

Thank SwordMaiden
Reviewed 1 week ago

This little chapel was built by Italian POWs, who were involved in the construction of the Churchill causeways. They made this beautiful little gem out of what was not much more than a Nissan hut and scrap, although the front is particularly lovely

Thank ColinBern
Reviewed 1 week ago

Visited the Italian Chapel at Kirkhall, Orkney which had been constructed using 2 Nissan Huts in WW II. It is an amazing site to see considering it was constructed by Italian Prisoners Of War using a variety of leftovers, hand crafted and hand painted to...More

Thank Peter K
Reviewed 1 week ago

The story of the building/maintenance of the Italian Chapel is an inspiring one! The workmanship is so impressive - not least because of the materials with which it was achieved.

Thank EllaE2834
Reviewed 1 week ago

A great example of man's ingenuity and craftsmanship to create this beautiful place basically out of scrap. It is a credit to the Italian POW's who were there to build the Churchill barriers. A must see site.

Thank Derek H
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This was such an unexpected place. There is a huge military history here but I was unaware of the pow aspect. This little place was cute but the inside is really amazing. It is beautifully done with the most limited of resources. The dedication to...More

Thank vintagechina
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The dedication and skill that went into creating the Italian Chapel from just a couple of nissan huts is really incredible. Don't miss this on your journey through the Orkneys

Thank An_Old_Burian
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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