Monday, November 24, 2014

Unesco Heritage Site : Kasubi Tombs, Uganda

The Tombs of Buganda Kings at Kasubi constitute a site embracing almost 30 ha of hillside within Kampala district. Most of the site is agricultural, farmed by traditional methods. At its core on the hilltop is the former palace of the Kabakas of Buganda, built in 1882 and converted into the royal burial ground in 1884. Four royal tombs now lie within the Muzibu Azaala Mpanga, the main building, which is circular and surmounted by a dome. It is a major example of an architectural achievement in organic materials, principally wood, thatch, reed, wattle and daub. The site's main significance lies, however, in its intangible values of belief, spirituality, continuity and identity.... more (Unesco, 2014)

I visited this Unesco Heritage Site on Oct 4th 2008 when i was on business in Kampala, Uganda. This unique architecture has amazed me with a big Wow~ especially the roof... 

Roof is using the hay and pillars are wooden to support 
No nail is used for building this tomb
Student were listening to the story of the 4 royal family members whom buried in this tomb
Outside look
In 2010, the Kasubi tomb has destroyed in the fire. When i heard about the incident, i was sad because i was amazed by its architecture of the tomb... It has been there for many years, hopefully the people can restore as its original. 


zerachiel said...

very unique indeed

TZ said...

Zerachiel: Too bad it's gone now. When i first walked into the tomb, i was amaze with its roofing...