Italian Chapel

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  • The Italian Chapel is a highly ornate Catholic chapel built by Italian prisoners of war captured in North Africa during World War II, who were housed on Lamb Holm 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.

    The chapel was constructed from limited materials by the prisoners. Two Nissen huts were joined end-to-end. The corrugated interior was then covered with plasterboard and the altar and altar rail were constructed from concrete left over from work on the barriers. Most of the interior decoration was done by Domenico Chiocchetti, a POW from Moena. He painted the sanctuary end of the chapel and fellow-prisoners decorated the entire interior. They created a front facade out of concrete, concealing the shape of the hut and making the building look like a church.

    Chiocchetti remained on the island to finish the chapel, even when his fellow prisoners were released shortly before the end of the war.

  • Italian Chapel Weather Forecast

    Light rain throughout the week, with temperatures rising to 15°C on Thursday.

    Today's Forecast
     Light rain until evening and windy starting in the evening.
     
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       66%  71%   6 mph
      4:15 am    10:06 pm
    Wednesday, May 31st
     Breezy in the morning and partly cloudy throughout the day.
     
    10
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    14
       1%  38%   12 mph
      4:13 am    10:07 pm

    Thursday, Jun 1st
     Light rain starting in the evening.
     
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       49%  73%   14 mph
      4:12 am    10:09 pm
    Friday, Jun 2nd
     Rain overnight.
     
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       23%  74%   4 mph
      4:11 am    10:10 pm

    Saturday, Jun 3rd
     Rain in the morning and overnight.
     
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       81%  42%   6 mph
      4:09 am    10:12 pm
    Sunday, Jun 4th
     Light rain overnight.
     
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       36%  51%   4 mph
      4:08 am    10:14 pm

    Monday, Jun 5th
     Drizzle in the morning.
     
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       59%  33%   8 mph
      4:07 am    10:15 pm
    Tuesday, Jun 6th
     Drizzle starting in the afternoon, continuing until evening.
     
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    14
       49%  48%   6 mph
      4:06 am    10:16 pm

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