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The Italian Chapel

Orkney Category Historic Sites
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The Italian Chapel is on the island of Lambholm, which is linked to the Orkney Mainland by the first Churchill Barrier. It is signposted on the A961 - click on the map to the right and see exactly where it is.

This lovely chapel is known as the Italian Chapel because it was built by Italian prisoners of war during World War Two. Five hundred men were housed at Camp 60 on Lambholm, having been sent to Orkney to help build the Churchill Barriers.

The men had very little to work with when creating the Chapel, other than two old nissen huts, unwanted scrap and some concrete. It is quite astounding what they created - a truly unique and wonderful place, which is an unforgettable inspiration to all those who visit it.

The Italian Chapel is open to the public all year round, and is one of Orkney's most visited sites.

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