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Italian Chapel on Lamb Holm, St. Mary's

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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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  • If you are on Orkney, you should try to make time to visit this chapel. It was built during World War Two by Italian Prisoners of War. The drive to the chapel isn't far from Kirkwall (around 10-15 min...  more »
  • This was on our list of places to hit up while we were on the Islands, and it is a really neat little place. The history about the Italian POWs that were interred here, and how they helped build the r...  more »
  • Quaint chapel built by Italian POWs interned on Orkney Islands. Interesting historical link to WWII and the Island.  more »
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  • These men had been forced into an army for a cause few of them really believed in. I don't know how they were captured but then they were taken to an unimaginably different place. The work they were brought to do has made a significant difference to this day. We are grateful. In their own time with few resources, they made this wonderful thing. A fine memorial.
  • 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 small chapel built by Italian POW's in a WWII prisoner of war camp. They were given just an empty drab hut and nothing else, and yet managed to make do with what little they had to make a magnificent little chapel. This building on Lamb Holm island is definitely worth a quick stop, e.g. along the way to (or way back from) the Tomb of the Eagle on South Ronaldsay island.
  • Really a very moving place built not exactly in the best conditions by poor prisoners of war.
  • 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.