The Kasubi Royal Tombs

Masiro Rd, Kampala, Uganda

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The Kasubi Royal Tombs

The Kasubi Royal Tombs in Kampala, is the site of the burial grounds for four kings (Kabakas) of Buganda, and a highly regarded UNESCO World Heritage Site. 

The royal enclosure at Kasubi Hill, also known as the Ssekabaka's Tombs, was first built in 1881. The circular site contained many structures, including the royal tombs of four Kabakas of Buganda. The tombs were held in straw thatched buildings. The site remains an important spiritual and political site for the Baganda people.In 2001, the Kasubi Tombs were declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The Kabakas buried at the site were:

  • Muteesa I (1835–1884)
  • Mwanga II (1867–1903)
  • Daudi Chwa II (1896–1939)
  • Sir Edward Muteesa II (1924–1969).

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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