About Rubaga Cathedral

The cathedral is a twin-towered structure where the cathedral is located. Previously this place was the palace of 30th Kabaka of Buganda, Kabaka Mutesa I Mukaabya Walugembe, who reigned from 1856 until 1884. He relocated this place after it burnt down. Later he shifted the palace to Mengo hill and started ruling from there. French Catholic missionaries (White Fathers) were looking to set up the nascent Catholic church at that time, for which the prince donated the place to them. In 1914, the missioners started the construction. The cathedral was consecrated on 31 December 1925. Twenty-two Uganda martyrs were burnt to death since they refused to give up 'white man's' religion. This cathedral is constructed as a memorial to the Catholic victims who have found their final resting place here. They are featured in the stained-glass windows which decorate the building. The remains of the first African Catholic bishop are also preserved in this place. If you get a chance to attend Sunday masses, then you will have a chance to enlighten yourself with the choir. You can also have a peaceful time with the music of the musicians. You can enjoy the outstanding views of the city from the grounds outside the church.

Must See

  • Remains of the first African Catholic bishop.
  • Stained-glass windows that decorate the building.
  • Outside grounds.

How to reach

It's 7 km from the city center and takes 23 minutes to reach there. Take a boda-boda to reach there. The fare is 3500 UGX. 

Tips

  • Attend the Sunday mass, it is open for all and multilingual.
  • Take a guided tour to know the history of the church.
  • Photography is not allowed inside the church.
  • Wear comfortable shoes since you need to walk a lot.
  • Carry drinking water as it is not available.
  • Pets are not allowed.

Visit Time

Sunday: Open 24 Hours

Monday: Open 24 Hours

Tuesday: Open 24 Hours

Wednesday: Open 24 Hours

Thursday: Open 24 Hours

Friday: Open 24 Hours

Saturday: Open 24 Hours

Waiting Time

Nil

 

Entrance Fee

No

 

Time you can spend

1:30 hours

 

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