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The Italian Chapel in Orkney - the incredible little church built by Italian prisoners of war

Orkney mainland lies the region's most visited attraction.Found on the north coast of Lamb Holm, there is a beautiful little Roman Catholic chapel that was built by Italian prisoners of war in 1943.The pristine white entranced building is the result of the work of one of the prisoners, artist Domenico Chiocchetti.The POWs were tradesmen and commissioned with the task of constructing a place of worship for the nearly 600 Italian soldiers captured fighting in North Africa and brought to two camps on Orkney to work on the new coastal defences at Scapa Flow.While their fellow prisoners of Camp 60 worked on the causeways that would come to be known as the Churchill Barriers, which linked the five Orkney islands and were finally completed in.

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