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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  • This has an amazing story behind it which adds to the beauty inside this building, the detail really takes your breath away. Some of the prisoners of war behind the building of the Churchill Barriers....  more »
  • Drove over the Churchill Barriers to see the Chapel and take a photo of this lovely little chapel, built by the Italian prisoners of war.  more »
  • Very historic site. Amazing little chapel and very interesting to see what materials had been used for numerous things. Like bully beef tins for the iron lanterns and gate. Painting is amazing.
  • Fascinating history of how it was built by prisoners of war who were accepted in the community. Inside, the painting is what you would expect from a much more professional and planned church construction. Fantastic site made by amateurs, worth the donation to view.
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