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FAMOUS RELIGIOUS PLACES

Rubaga Cathedral

Located approximately 3Km by road west of Kampala, the Capital of Uganda, the cathedral is located on Lubaga Hill which was Originally Occupied by Kabaka Mutesa 1 Mukaabya Walugembe the 30th King of Buganda Kingdom (Reigned from 1856 – 1884) who later lost his Palace to Fire and abandoned the Hill relocating to Mengo Hill. However, in 1889, his son Kabaka Mwanga 11 of Buganda donated the place (Lubanga Hill) to the French Catholic Missionaries (White Fathers) whereby in 1914 Missionaries started Constructing a Modern Cathedral on Lubanga Hill where the Construction was completed in 1925 and Consecrated on 31st.Dec.1925 as St. Mary’s Cathedral Rubaga

The Cathedral holds the Remains of the 1st African Catholic Bishop and the 1st African Archbishop of Kampala Diocese, Archbishop Joseph Kiwanka who held a seat from June 25, 1899 – February 22, 1966).

Namirembe Cathedral

Located approximately 2Km by Road west of Kampala, the Cathedral is Located on Namirembe Hill in Lubaga Division. The Cathedral is commonly referred to as Saint Paul’s Cathedral Namirembe serving as a provincial Cathedral of Church of Uganda and the diocesan Cathedral for Namirembe Diocese. It was the first to be founded in church of Uganda province in 1890. In 1919 and 1967, the cathedral served as the provincial cathedral of the Church of Uganda hence the Anglican Communion and in 1960s, the headquarters of the Church of Uganda moved to all Saints Church in Nakasero then later back to Namirembe.

Namirembe Hill has been the Location of the main Anglican place of worship in Buganda since Bishop Alfred Tucker establishment of offices of the Diocese of Eastern Equatorial Africa in 1890 However, prior to the present day Anglican Cathedral; tragedies befell the 1st four Church structures, thus

The first church building, constructed in 1890, with a capacity of 800 people, was abandoned in 1891 because it was located in a swampy area at the base of Namirembe Hill. As well, a bigger building was needed to accommodate the ever-growing congregation.

The second church building was constructed between July 1891 and July 1892, with a seating capacity of more than 3,000. In October 1894, strong winds during a thunderstorm blew the roof off the church and it was ruined.

The third church building was built between 1894 and 1895. It had a seating capacity of about 4,000 worshippers. That building, constructed with traditional African materials, was abandoned in the early 1900s due to fear that termites would destroy it.

The fourth church building was constructed with earthen brick walls and a thatched roof, between 1900 and 1904. At the opening ceremony, on Tuesday 21 June 1904, an estimated 10,000 people were in attendance. The congregation included Kabaka Daudi Chwa II who was by then aged seven years. On the afternoon of Friday 23 September 1910, the roof was gutted by a fire which started when lightning struck the building. Within less than thirty minutes, the entire roof was destroyed and the church was ruined.


Namugongo Martyrs Shrines

Located approximately 16Km Northeast of Uganda’s Capital, Kampala in Kyaliwajjala Ward, Wakiso District, both the Anglican and Catholic Shrines have been built on the spot where Christians were beaten and Burnt to Death by Kabaka Mwanga 11 of Buganda on refusal to denounce Christianity. Crowds of thousands and Millions of flocks from all parts of the Continents have been estimated to have always congregated the event on 3rd.June every year in Namugongo Catholic and Anglican Shrines to commemorate the lives and religious beliefs of the Uganda Martyrs.

The shrines have till now been a Key Religious Tourism attraction in the Country. Pilgrims as well as other Tourists flock the site to see demonstration of how pathetic the Christians were killed Because of their faith. Apart from the statues, there are a good number of shrines and structures showing how the allies of Kabaka Mwanga killed and later cleansed themselves and their weapons off the treacherous act.

The Gadaffi National Mosque

The Mosque is Located in Old Kampala area, it was Commissioned as a Gift to Uganda by Colonel Muammar Gaddafi of Libya, it was Completed in 2006 and officially opened in June 2007. The Mosque can seat up to 15000 worshippers and another 1,100 in the Gallery while its terrace caters for over 3,500 worshippers approximately

Currently, Gadaffi National Mosque in Uganda is one of the Leading Religious Tourism sites in Uganda due to its Location and skyscraper structure which paves way for a Beautiful View of the Original 7rolling Hills on which Kampala City stood originally before expanding to over 21 panoramic hills today – these hills are vied after hiking the tallest Tower on Gaddafi National Mosque. Later In 2013 the Mosque’s identity was changed from Uganda Muslim Supreme Council to Uganda National Mosque because the current Libyan Administration which could not maintain it in its old name, though update, it still houses the Muslim Supreme Council offices.

The Baha’i Temple

The Baha’i House of worship stands on the Kikaya – One of the prominent hills overlooking Kampala city. It is the oldest since 1951 when the faith started growing and main Temple of the Baha’i Faith in Africa hence others are just branches. Originally referred to as Mashriqu’l-Adhkar, it lies on an 8.5hectare of land comprising of a spectacular terraced rolling hill with a good number of Trees that are habitats to Birds hence the Surrounding is one of the Best Birding destinations sites in Kampala City that can offer a memorable 1day birding Excursion while in Kampala on a hunt to eye catch the great Blue Turaco and other Birds.

The Breath taking attractive Temple was designed by an architectural firm that designed the Bulange, the Administrative centre of the former Buganda Kingdom and one of the Kampala’s most famous Buildings.

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