Uganda is an East African country rich in history and culture. It is a country with various kinds of activities fit for everybody. History buffs will enjoy and admire the beautiful heritage sites of Uganda. These locations are protected by law, and the government recognizes most as official historical sites of Uganda. Here are some must-visit historical places in Uganda.
The Bahá’í Temple is situated on Kikaya Hill in Kampala, Uganda’s capital city. As of today, there is only one Bahai temple in Africa. The site receives hundreds of visitors from around the world. It is a picturesque location, but tourists are forbidden to photograph the temple’s interiors.
The Kasubi Tombs were built on the Kasubi hill in Kampala in 1881 for four Buganda kings. They were declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in the year 2001. While they were destroyed in a devastating fire in 2010, the site still receives regular tourist visits. To the Buganda people, the Kasubi Tombs were a symbol of their spiritual, social and political existence.
Namugongo Martyrs Shrine
The Namugongo Martyrs Shrine is situated in the Wakisio district of Uganda. The exterior is made of 22 copper pillars, and it was built to honour the 32 young men – the Buganda King Mwanga II’s pages. On the 3rd of June, 1886, the men were burnt to death because they refused to renounce their Christian faith. Every year on their death anniversary, Christians from all around the world visit the site to commemorate the lives of the martyrs.
Nyero Rock Paintings
Located in the town of Kumi, you will have to trek to see the 1250 AD dated Nyero Rock Paintings. These traditional red-pigmented rock paintings were first documented in the year 1913. When you visit the ancient history site, you will come across several educative tour guides who will explain the history of the place and paintings.
Source of the Nile – Speke Monument
Situated in the village of Bukaya in Jinja, the Speke Monument commemorates John Hannig Speke, the first European to reach Lake Victoria and discover the source of the Nile. The spot offers pristine views of the lake and the surrounding nature. Tourists can go on a boat safari accompanied by knowledgeable tour guides. There is a garden adjacent to the river, and the site is also amazing for birdwatching.
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