• Italy and Scotland

    So what is the connection between Italy and Scotland? One of the major connection's is the Italian Chapel on the island of Orkney. In January 1942 approximately five hundred and fifty Italian prisoners of war, mainly captured in North Africa, were brought to Orkney.

    the main purpose was to use them as labour to work on the construction of the so called Churchill Barriers. These were four causeways designed to block access to the sheltered bay of Scapa Flow following the sinking of HMS Royal Oak in 1939.

    On the hillside on the island of Lamb Holm, became famous for the building of what has become known as the Italian Chapel.

    Below is a picture of this picturesque and striking building.

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