The Italian Chapel in Orkney

Chapel the Prisoners of War built

Italian Chapel in Orkney

The Italian Chapel, on the island of Lamb Holm in Orkney, was built by Italian prisoners of war during the second world war.  The prisoners, who had been captured in North Africa, were housed on the island in order to work on the Churchill barriers.  These barriers became causeways linking the islands together. In 1943, the commandant of the camp decided that a chapel was needed.  Two Nissen huts were put back to back and plasterboard was used to fashion the interior. The chapel was constructed with leftover materials. One of the prisoners, Domenico Chiocchetti, painted the interior.


chapel built by Italian Prisoners of War

Interior of Italian Chapel



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