The Orkneys – The Amazing Italian Chapel

During the 2nd World War a group of Italian POWs were stationed on the Orkneys.

They were given an old army Nissen hut to worship in and set about transforming it into a veritable cathedral.

They scrounged materials and paint and transformed the place into a work of Art.


It was the most amazing place. The beauty and colour was superb. What those POWs achieved was amazing. Every bit of it was made of old bits and pieces yet they made it look so wonderful. Going through the door was like entering Aladdin’s Cave.

One of the POWs fell in love with an Orkney girl and left his heart in the Orkneys forever.



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