Free enamel pin when you buy any two Atlas Obscura products. Shop now.

Kampala, Uganda

The Ruins of the Kasubi Tombs of Uganda

Largest grass thatched hut in the world and the burial ground of four Buganda monarchs now lies in burnt ruins. 

Situated on Kasubi hill, within Kampala, Uganda, the Kasubi Tombs site is an active religious place in the Buganda Kingdom, the largest of the traditional kingdoms in present-day Uganda

To the millions of Baganda people the Kabaka, or ‘King’ of the Buganda people is the unquestioned symbol of the spiritual, political, and social state of the Buganda Kingdom.

As the burial ground for the previous four Kabakas, therefore, the Kasubi Tombs - a grass thatched hut, the largest in the world, which hold the bodies of the previous Kabaka, or King of the Baganda people - are a place where the Kabaka and others in Buganda’s complex cultural hierarchy frequently carry out important centuries-old Ganda rituals.

Recently in a disaster for the Buganda kingdom, the mausoleum and largest grass thatched hut in the world was gutted by fire On 16 March 2010, at about 8.30 pm local time. The cause of the fire is as yet unknown.

A UN World Heritage Site, currently the entire country of Uganda is in utter shock. Many countries around the world have expressed their dismay including the entire European Union and the United Nations.

Know Before You Go

Go to http://www.kasubitombs.org/en/about/index.php

Contributed by
d dougonair
Edited by