Posted by: gaelphotography | November 2, 2011

Italian Chapel Orkney

Italian Chapel

“The Italian Chapel is a highly ornate Catholic chapel on Lamb Holm in OrkneyScotland. It was built by Italian prisoners of war during World War II, who were housed on the previously uninhabited island while they constructed the Churchill Barriers to the east of Scapa Flow. Only the concrete foundations of the other buildings of the prisoner-of-war camp survive. It was not completed until after the end of the war, and was restored in the 1960s and again in the 1990s. It is now a popular tourist attraction, and a category A listed building “(taken from wikipedia)

What is remarkable about this building is that it was a tin hut converted by hand using materials that were being thrown away.  It has to be seen to appreciate the achievement of the men who built it as a reminder of their religion and home at a time of imprisonment.

For views of the ornate inside that is hand painted on plaster see this previous post https://gaelphotography.wordpress.com/2010/12/18/italian-chapel-in-orkney/

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