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. For travelers who use our world travel planner, St. Mary's holidays become easier to arrange, with trips to the Italian Chapel on Lamb Holm and other attractions mapped out and timetabled.
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  • The ingenuity of the human spirit is just amazing! So beautiful, special and unique. Definitely worth a stop!  more »
  • wow, what a place! I'd read about the chapel but was surprised at just how ornate it was. It was a bit busy so if you can get there early or late in the day then do! It's £3 entry but there's no toile...  more »
  • Well worth a visit to this extroadinary place built and wonderfully decoarted by Italian Prisoner of War captives. The art work is superb.  more »
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  • The original work is still evident, it does feel like your stepping into a chapel rather than a 1940's Nissan Hut. The care and expertise that went into restoration work is extraordinary, to bring an expert from Italy shows how true to their word the orkandians are.
  • Beautiful little Chapel open November until March well worth stopping and taking a look
  • Was closed when we got there but what an amazing wee place.
  • A very important part of Orkney's WW2 history and a must see when visiting Orkney.
  • Exquisite chapel, linked with the building of the Churchill Barriers in WW2 to protect Scape Flow. Friendly, helpful and knowledgeable staff.
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