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Italian Chapel

Italian Chapel Review

During World War II, 550 Italian prisoners of war were captured in North Africa and sent to Orkney to assist with the building of the Churchill Barriers, four causeways that blocked entry into Scapa Flow, Orkney's great natural harbor. Using two corrugated-iron Nissan huts, the prisoners, led by Domenico Chiocchetti, a painter-decorator from the Dolomites, constructed this beautiful and inspiring chapel in memory of their homeland. The elaborate interior frescoes were adorned with whatever came to hand, including bits of metal, colorful stones, and leftover paints.

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  • Address: A961, 7 miles south of Kirkwall Kirkwall, KW17 2RX
  • Cost: Free
  • Hours: Daily dawn–dusk
  • Location: Kirkwall
Updated: 10-09-2013

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