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The Italian Chapel

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Address: Lamb Holm, St. Mary's KW17 2RT, Scotland
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
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A wonderful example of art combined with faith in adverse conditions

Just a wonderful example of love and art.in an isolated position. I arrived very early (by bus from Kirkwall) so spent some time admiring the place in peace and quiet. Remember... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 days ago
Southwick, United Kingdom
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Southwick, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Just a wonderful example of love and art.in an isolated position. I arrived very early (by bus from Kirkwall) so spent some time admiring the place in peace and quiet. Remember the Italian Chapel is high on most visitors list so it can get crowded especially if the cruise ships are in port (this is true of ALL of Orkneys... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

... there is no doubt that this is interestingly and beautifully done, and we loved the history of the site. We are happy to pay to support remote attractions in remaining open and viable, but it was certainly overpriced given that there is very little to see.

Thank Rosiestwins
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 December 2016 via mobile

Rip off, don't visit. Charges recently introduced mean someone is profiteering by over £300,000 cash every year. This is insulting to all visitors, the Italian prisoners who originally built the chapel, and the British taxpayers who funded it. Boycott this rip off until charges are scrapped and voluntary donations restored. Where is all the money going? Don't support this rip... More 

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Somerset, Massachusetts
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 December 2016

If you are pressed for time, perhaps this is the sight to skip? I prefer nature to structure so of course this is just my opinion. It has a nice story, very aged and quaint.

Thank Heather L
Punjab, India
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 November 2016

The Italian Chapel,standing as a lone structure at the top of a small hill of Lamb Holm, can be spotted from far as one approaches the famous Churchill Causeways in Orkney Islands. More than the building it is the facts about how it came into existence which gives it an extraordinary character. As a symbol of their dedication to His... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 November 2016

Amazing to think that the men created such a lovely chapel from nothing. The artwork in the chapel is near perfect from a perspective point of view. Lovely to realise that even during times of war, beautiful things can be created.

1 Thank Janette L
Ilkley, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 October 2016

This chapel was built by Italian POWs during WW2 from two Nissen huts laid end to end. It is an absolute masterpiece and a huge testament to the craftsmanship of the Italian prisoners who were incarcerated here in the 1940s. The interior walls look as though they're covered in ceramics and the stained glass windows are very pretty indeed. The... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 October 2016

This is worth a stop to see some impressive artwork. The history is fascinating. Easy to find. Easy to park.

1 Thank Claire27_12
Dundee, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 October 2016

The Italian Chapel is a truly wonderful piece of craftsmanship, built from 2 Nissan huts these prisoners were well and truly professional artists

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Kirkwall, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 October 2016

A tiny hand built chapel in a Nissan hut. but so soo very beautiful and standing testament to man love of God. This tiny chapel has stood the tests of time and the bleak Orkney weather thanks to the loving care of the land owner. Unfortunately the chapel has experienced some mindless acts of vandalism and theft over the last... More 

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