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Kasubi Tombs of Uganda

The Tombs of Buganda Kings at Kasubi constitute a site embracing almost 30 ha of hillside within Kampala district. It is a major example of an architectural achievement in organic materials. The site’s main significance lies, however, in its intangible values of belief, spirituality, continuity and identity.

Made with reed and bark cloth with a thatched roof, the Kasubi Tombs are a cultural site of Buganda Kingdom as it is where the four Buganda Kings are buried. They were a popular tourist destination in Uganda and a classified UNESCO heritage site.

Photo: UNESCO
Photo: UNESCO
Tombs of Buganda Kings at Kasubi. Photo: UNESCO
Tombs of Buganda Kings at Kasubi. Photo: UNESCO
Photo: UNESCO
Photo: UNESCO
Photo: CRAterre
Photo: CRAterre
Photo: UNESCO
Photo: UNESCO
The interior of the Muzibu Azaala Mpanga included relics and portraits of the buried kabakas. Photo: Wikimedia Commons
The interior of the Muzibu Azaala Mpanga included relics and portraits of the buried kabakas. Photo: Wikimedia Commons

On 16 March 2010, some of the major buildings there were almost completely destroyed by a fire, the cause of which is under investigation. The Buganda Kingdom has vowed to rebuild the tombs of their kings and President Museveni said the national government of Uganda would assist in the restoration of the site.

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