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The Italian Chapel , Orkney

The Italian Chapel , Orkney

It was built by Italian prisoners of war during World War II, who were housed on the previously uninhabited island while they constructed the Churchill Barriers to the east of Scapa Flow.

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.



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Date: Tue May 31, 2011
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Dimensions: 800 x 533
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Excellent photo. Perfectly exposed and well composed. Thank you for the dateiled tale.
#1 Tue May 31, 2011 9:16pm

A very fine balance of light and shadow. Brings out the colors very well. Perfect perspective captures all the lines and curves well. Thank you for the narrative.
#2 Wed June 1, 2011 4:33am

Beautiful photo nice comp.james
#3 Wed June 1, 2011 6:33am

angela taylor
Fantastic shot,great info. Ange
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#4 Wed June 1, 2011 8:08am

very good photo you would never know if it had not been for your intrest in the building, well narratived
#5 Wed June 1, 2011 9:53am

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