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 Italian Chapel is just beautiful. Very small, but the work of the Italian prisoner of war who created it is just stunning. Even more amazing is the heartfelt reverence for this chapel expressed by...  more »
  • The work of Italian prisoners to build the Churchill's barriers to block the entrances to Scapa Flow Bay, this moving little chapel is a curiosity. A little corner of Italy lost in Orkney.
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  • A wonderful piece of history and an amazing chapel constructed by Italian POWs during WW2. Overlooking the Churchill Barriers which they were building  more »
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  • A must see during your time on Orkney if only to admire the craftsmanship and passion that went into this building. Its a very nice chapel. They had to start charging £3 because not enough people were donating. I'm happy to pay that to preserve sites like this as that's what it is for. If that's too rich for you then stay outside. You don't deserve to admire history if you aren't willing to assist in saving it.
  • We Really loved the place and it really takes you back in time as your imagination puts you in there place of the Italian prisoners of war. I'm full of admiration for their skill and workmanship. 0
  • Built by Italian POW's during WWII using Nissen Huts, this small chapel was where said prisoners worshipped. For £3 per person, it is definitely worth a visit. The painting to the inside to the inside of the chapel is quite beautiful. My wife was currently reading a novel that featured the chapel so the visit held that much more meaning.
  • Great interesting place too visit. Reasonable cost but would be good to see location develop the entire site with the other huts or at least layout of them.
  • Short visit to the Chapel the day light was fading But still very impressed with the art work and what they achieved

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