The Kasubi Tombs

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Kasubi Tombs. The Tombs of Buganda Kings at Kasubi constitute a site embracing almost 30 hectares of hillside within the 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. 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, at about 8.30 pm local time, the Kasubi tombs were destroyed by fire. The cause of the fire is as yet unknown. The Buganda kingdom has promised to conduct independent investigations into the fire. (Diponkar Banerjee)

Kasubi Tombs.  (Copyright 2008. Diponkar Banerjee)

The Tombs of Buganda Kings at Kasubi constitute a site embracing almost 30 hectares of hillside within the 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.

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

On 16 March 2010, at about 8.30 pm local time, the Kasubi tombs were destroyed by fire. The cause of the fire is as yet unknown. The Buganda kingdom has promised to conduct independent investigations into the fire.

Sign pointing to the ticket office for the Kasubi Tombs. The Tombs of Buganda Kings at Kasubi constitute a site embracing almost 30 hectares of hillside within the 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. 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, at about 8.30 pm local time, the Kasubi tombs were destroyed by fire. The cause of the fire is as yet unknown. The Buganda kingdom has promised to conduct independent investigations into the fire. (Diponkar Banerjee)

Sign pointing to the ticket office for the Kasubi Tombs.  (Copyright 2008. Diponkar Banerjee)

Interior of the Kasubi Tombs. The Tombs of Buganda Kings at Kasubi constitute a site embracing almost 30 hectares of hillside within the 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. 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, at about 8.30 pm local time, the Kasubi tombs were destroyed by fire. The cause of the fire is as yet unknown. The Buganda kingdom has promised to conduct independent investigations into the fire. (Diponkar Banerjee)

Interior of the Kasubi Tombs.  (Copyright 2008. Diponkar Banerjee)

The Kabaka Mwanga II:

Portrait of Mwanga II, Kabaka, at the Kasubi Tombs. Danieri Basammula-Ekkere Mwanga II Mukasa (1868 – 1903) was Kabaka of Buganda from 1884 until 1888 and from 1889 until 1897. He was the thirty-first (31st) Kabaka of Buganda. Read the intriguing  details of his reign at Wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mwanga_II_of_Buganda (Diponkar Banerjee)

Portrait of Mwanga II, Kabaka, at the Kasubi Tombs.  (Diponkar Banerjee)

Danieri Basammula-Ekkere Mwanga II Mukasa (1868 – 1903) was Kabaka of Buganda from 1884 until 1888 and from 1889 until 1897. He was the thirty-first (31st) Kabaka of Buganda. Read the intriguing details of his reign here.

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