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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

What a wonderful little place this is. I absolutely loved the back story of the Italian POWs and how they created a real silk purse out of a sows ear. Some of the work is absolutely stunning including light fittings made of waste cans. Absolutely...More

Thank Darron1970
Reviewed yesterday

The coach driver for the island tour will give a far better account of the history and longevity of this memorial to Italian POW's held in Orkney during WW2. Suffice to say they had few materials to create their chapel other than there spirit and...More

Thank 395Andy_R
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

What the Italian Chapel represents is more brilliant than the chapel itself but it is worth a visit. It is a shame that theft a couple of years ago prompted the entry fee and roping off from the car park but it is a lovely...More

Thank Lusy S
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

It's good but small. Interesting enough to be worth a visit and is close by to the Orkney wine company which is also worth a stop. Try the red wild blueberry wine.

Thank pyrasanth
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Having read the story of the Italian chapel we were compelled to visit. An amazing piece of workmanship by the Italian pow's. Recommend everyone who visits Orkney to visit here too.

Thank Pat L
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Unbelievable. The hard work that had gone in to this is amazing. The finish is beautiful. Could have sat there for ages taking it all in. It's only when you look at the exterior you realize what a wonderful job they have done.

Thank Petrani
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The Italian Chapel is a must see in Orkney. The work and effort put in by the Italian POWs is a sight to behold and a very sobering experience. It is also a tribute to the military and the Orcadians and a lesson in how...More

Thank weekteuchter
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

If you have 30 mins and are near Kirkwall you have to see the Italian Chapel. Great value at £3 per head. It is amazing what these POW's did with so little and did it extremely well. An Orkney must see !!!

Thank Brian B
Reviewed 1 week ago

This was a very worthwhile visit. The skill,creativeness and imagination which went into creating this chapel is truly inspiring. If there was a downside it was its popularity. Try and visit at lunchtime as there will be a chance you will miss one of the...More

Thank malambo7
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This beautiful little church is a testimony to the good in people. While prisoner's of war the Italian men built this small chapel. The art - design, pairing and carving are wonderful. This church was built largely from scrap. It has been well preserved and...More

Thank cate949
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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