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Italian Chapel (Lamb Holm, United Kingdom)

12,000 Italian prisoners captured in North Africa were held on Lamb Holm between 1942 and 1945. They were given the task of building the Churchill Barriers, which were causeways intended to help protect Scapa Flow against German U-boats and are now used as road links between some of Orkney’s islands. During their free time, the Italians built a chapel using recycled material. The body of the chapel was made of two Nissen Huts. The driving force behind the project was Domenico Chiocchetti, who stayed behind to finish the work after all the other prisoners had been released. He visited the island again in 1964 to help with the chapel’s restoration. Today, the chapel is still used for services and receives over 100,000 visitors every year. It is open daily.

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Lamb Holm , KW17 2RX
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