This is the Italian Chapel on the tiny island of Lamb Holm, Orkney, is a modern miracle that stands as a testament to the human spirit. Built by Italian prisoners of war in the 1940’s, it is loved and honoured today because of its ingenious hand-crafted beauty and the story it tells of faith and resilience in the face of struggle and deprivation.


I recommend Philip Paris’ book The Italian Chapel to our tour participants, but I think it’s actually an important read for just about everyone.


After our exploration of the Churchill Barriers, we wandered through the streets of Orkney’s two main towns, Kirkwall and Stromness. I suspect our suitcases may have become a wee bit heavier over the course of the day!

One thought on “Resilience

  1. The Italian Chapel reminds me of a church that was made of a wine was built in Aste near where I live in Sonoma County. It was built by Italians who worked in a nearby winery, Italian Swiss Colony. The church was formed by a large wine vat and had a shape inside like the picture of your Italian Chapel. It is no more, unfortunately. Beautiful pictures and vistas. K

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