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Italian Chapel on Lamb Holm, St. Mary's

Categories: Churches, Tourist Spots
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4.7/5 based on 600+ reviews on the web
Commemorating a chapter from World War II, Italian Chapel on Lamb Holm preserves the legacy of Italian prisoners brought in for forced labor from the North African front. While working on the construction of a series of causeways connecting the island with the mainland, they used some of the material to make themselves a little piece of their homeland. From the side, the church looks like a tunnel, which it actually is: only its front facade resembles an Italian chapel. Its modest exterior belies the warm, ornate interior; step inside to see its frescoes and carved stone baptismal font. Plan your visit to Italian Chapel on Lamb Holm and a wealth of other attractions, well-known and undiscovered, using our St. Mary's trip itinerary planner.
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  • Worth your time to visit going to or coming from the Orkney ferry at St Margarets Hope. I did not initially feel inclined to spend time here but after your visit you will understand why it is worth 15...  read more »
  • The Italian Chapel ,absolutely stunning inside,had goose bumps when I went inside, and the history was very interesting, must see if you visit Orkney 
  • This wonderful building built during the horrors of WW2 is iconic in that it was built by prisoners of war to worship in and has been maintained by the Italian people literally ever since.Well worth a...  read more »
  • I was moved almost to tears at the sheer beauty of something created by tese POWs at a time of brutal conflict. Everything made from scrap materials scavenged from around their prison, transformed with artistry and conviction that a place of worship would grow from the spoils of war. It has to be seen and, as in my case, experienced on the inside. I saw this amazing building during a shore excursion while on a P&O cruise.
  • This is a lovely and very moving place to visit. The effort the Italian POWs put into making this chapel is amazing. Can't recommend visiting highly enough. If you're visiting, take a couple of hours.
  • An amazing Chapel and a credit tto the Italian Prisoners who built it from whatever materials they could find
  • Fascinating
  • It's too long to visit in a day.
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