Italian Chapel on Lamb Holm, St. Mary's

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 place, Holt by Italian prisoners of war is so beautiful. Standing on a wind swept hill (and in my case, a rainy day) the chapel is a wonderful testament to the men who built it.  more »
  • During World War II, Italian prisoners of war were held on Orkney on Lamb Holm. They were put to work building the barriers to Scapa Flow (see my review of that) to prevent German surprise attacks com...  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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