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Kampala Urban Tour Day 2 - Namirembe Hill

The first part of Sunday's tour.


Still rushing to exchange our money, get our emergency phones in order, and catch up to our planned itinerary, we drove by the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Kasubi Tombs, established in the eighteenth century as a burial ground for kings. The gates were impressive but alas, a tour will have to wait until next time.


We spent considerably more time at the impressive Namirembe Cathedral, a beautiful structure built in the colonial era which began as a Anglican Church and is now a Church of Uganda cathedral. We could not photograph the inside of the cathedral because we visited on a Sunday, but we walked among the parishioners and the Sunday School students after worship. We loved the expansive views of Kampala from high on Namirembe Hill.


The Kabaka Palace is the official residence of the King of Buganda and is situated on one end of the Royal Mile. Anchoring the other end of the Royal Mile is the Buganda Parliament building. The king does not actually stay at this residence any longer, due to the violence that occurred here in 1966 at the orders of Milton Obote and carried out by Idi Amin, who was then a general in Obote's army.


I love the view of the street in the photograph which shows a downhill view of the Royal Mile. At its center is the Kabaka Roundabout, a traffic circle around which all vehicles travel; however, when the Kabaka is on the road, the gates of the roundabout are opened so that his entourage can travel straight through without diverting. Wow!

Posted by lindaconnor 09:14 Archived in Uganda

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