Kampala’s Coolest Buildings

Featured Image Source: Boe Magazine, Under Citation, http://www.boemagazine.com/2013/10/24-hours-in-kampala-2/

Kampala is the vibrant and lively capital city of Uganda. With a population of 1,507,080 (Census 2014) it is also the largest city in Uganda. It is one of the most important economic centres not only in Uganda but also in East Africa. The city was first the capital of the Buganda kingdom and was later taken over by the British Empire. The capital of the country under the British was Entebbe but after independence, Kampala once again became the capital of Uganda. During this time the city has gone from strength to strength and has continued to create new amazing architecture. Here are some of the highlights of Kampala.

Kabaka’s Palace, Lubiri

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Source: Safari Yako, Under Citation, http://www.safariyako.com/what-to-see/lubiri-palace

Kababa’s Palace is the royal residence of the king of Buganda and has been one of the most important places in Kampala’s history. The agreement between Kabaka and the British Empire and many battles took place around this hill. It is one of the finest examples of pre-colonial architecture in Kampala.

Makerere University

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Source: Campus Times UG, Under Citation, http://www.campustimesug.com/2015/02/makerere-university-school-of-public-health-is-offering-short-courses-in-epidemiology-and-biostatistics/

Makerere University is the largest and one of the oldest universities in Kampala. It was founded in 1922 as a technical school and became a university in 1963. The building is beautiful and the gardens around it are beautiful too.

Golf Course Hotel

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Source: Afriken Travel, Under Citation, https://www.afrikentravel.com/Hotels-details/Golf-Course-Hotel

The Golf Course Hotel is one of the newer buildings in Kampala. Built next to Kampala’s golf course it is a world class hotel and its impressive tower is a real beauty.

Aya’s Hilton

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Source: The New Vision Newspaper, Under Citation, http://www.africa-uganda-business-travel-guide.com/mohammed-hamid-the-hilton-hotel-uganda-owner-from-a-street-vendor-to-a-billionaire.html

Aya’s Hilton was under construction for about 10 years but is now finally done. It is a welcome addition to the Kampalan skyline. It is an impressive building and an, even more, imporessive hotel.

Rubaga Cathedral in Kampala

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Source: Bxtst, Under Creative Commons, https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Rubaga_Cathedral.jpg

Rubada Cathedral is one of the most impressive churches in the city. Construction started in 1914 and was finished in 1925. It was built by French Catholic Missionaries. It is one of the older Roman Catholic Cathedrals in Kampala and Uganda.

Stanbic Bank

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The building is made up of two towers that are connected half way through. The small of the two towers is 36m and contains 10 floors. The larger tower is 72m and contains 20 floors. It is built in a modern style and was completed in 1970’s. It is one of the most interesting modern buildings in Kampala.


Sources:

City PopulationEmporis (Stanbic Bank South Tower Kampala)Emporis (Stanbic Bank North Tower Kampala)MonitorWikipedia (Rubaga Cathedral)The Uganda TodayAfrica Uganda Business Travel GuideAfriken TravelWikipedia (Kampala)Wikipedia (Makerere University)Campus Times UGSafari Yako

 

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