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"Lubiri Palace." Lubiri Palace. Tip by rosequartzlover1

Lubiri Palace., Kampala: 3 reviews and 15 photos

by rosequartzlover1
  • Lubiri Palace.
  • Lubiri Palace.
      The main gate.
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  • Lubiri Palace.
    by rosequartzlover1
  • Lubiri Palace.
      Ruined Rolls-Royce.
    by rosequartzlover1
  • Lubiri Palace.

(part 1) I'd like to separate writing about this palace for 3 parts cuz there are 3 issues to talk about and also more the pictures to share.
This part will be about some history of the palace.
I took boda boda (motorcycle taxi) to Kabaka’s Palace (king’s palace) ….Some may be confused about the names ‘ Kabaka’s palace’ , ‘Lubiri Palace’ and ‘Mengo Palace’ …all these are the same place.Kabaka means ‘King’ , Mengo is the name of the hill that the palace is situated , Lubiri is the royal compound of the Kabaka or king of Buganda.
Buganda is a subnational kingdom within Uganda,the kingdom of the Ganda people.Buganda is a monarchy that dates back almost 800 years and is the largest and richest of Uganda's five ancient kingdoms, comprising all of Uganda's Central Region, including Kampala. The 6 million Baganda make up the largest Ugandan ethnic group, representing approximately 16.9% of Uganda's population.
To get there boda boda will bring you up here right at the entrance with the cost of about 2000-3000 shillings depends on how far you are from the palace and the bargaining.
The very first palace was constructed here by Ssekabaka (fallen king) Mwanga II in 1885, but later ruined by fire .This colonial style palace was constructed in 1922 , just like Queen Elizabeth II’s palace in England. Only, it is smaller.The palace consist of 4 gates ,all of which have their names ,the one in pic.2 is the main gate is called 'Wankaki'
The original Lubiri Palace was almost completely destroyed by fire during the fighting in the May 1966 in the Battle of Mengo Hill . Priceless historic artefacts and royal regalia were stolen and destroyed.
After being abandonned for some times Baganda people and friends and many foreign supporter contribute at least $50,000 towards this noble restoration. Although the reconstruction was almost completed , the full costs of the project have yet to be paid off.You still can help them by donating through their organisation if you'd like.

Visitors are not allowed inside the building but we can visit the outdoor and the the dungeon.
In the frontyard of the palace, you will see some of the military machinery used by fallen presidents Idi Amin and Milton Obote when they attacked the palace in 1966. Also in the compound, is a ruined Rolls-Royce, one of Kabaka Muteesa’s prized possessions.
There are few houses in the palace which are occupied by guards and other locals. They look shabby because they have not been well-maintained. (pic.5)

Address: Mengo hill., Kampala

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  • Updated Jan 7, 2017
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