CCFU Launches the Historical Buildings and Sites Map of Kampala “A Journey through Kampala’s History”

Kampala is fast expanding and becoming a modern city, but also losing its historical and cultural identity, especially as historical buildings and sites get modified or even demolished.

The Cross-Cultural Foundation of Uganda, in partnership with the Uganda Tourism Board, Buganda Heritage and Tourism Board, Uganda National Museum and Kampala Capital City Authority, identified 51 buildings and sites in Kampala, that were constructed before 1969 reflecting Uganda’s socio-cultural, religious, political and economic history. The research and photo documentation of these buildings also highlighted their architectural merit, aesthetic quality, and unique design.

These buildings appear on a map of Historical Buildings and Sites in Kampala launched on 19th November 2015.

Through this initiative, it is anticipated that buildings and sites of cultural and historical significance in Kampala will be better known and preserved by policy makers, owners of these properties and the general public. It is hoped that Uganda will be able to offer an enhanced experience, for local and international tourists, who will discover the history of religions, cultures, education, health and political systems in Uganda.

The Cross-Cultural Foundation of Uganda, in partnership with relevant stakeholders, plans to advocate for the establishment of legal instruments to identify, list and protect historical properties and to encourage cultural activists and creative artists to use their skills to promote historical buildings. The Foundation will work with owners of historical buildings, and publicly recognize individuals and institutions that have made an outstanding contribution to the preservation of built heritage in Kampala and Uganda in the near future.

We invite you to play your part in promoting this important aspect of our heritage!

To get a copy of the map click here, contact us to get a free copy of the whole map.

Bulange was designed by British Architect Mark Andrew and constructed by Cobb, Powell and Freeman architectural firm from 1955 to 1958. This building is a product of Western monumental architectural designs. While in exile in 1953, Ssekabaka Muteesa II saw and admired Stormont Building in Northern Ireland. He brought the designs with him on his return in 1955, and directed that the new Bulange be constructed according to those drawings. Construction began in 1955 and was completed in 1958 at a cost of £5 million, fully funded by the Government of Buganda.

Bulange is the administrative seat of Buganda Kingdom. It has offices for all Buganda’s ministries and boards. CBS FM radio, Buganda’s mouthpiece is also located on Bulange. Moulds of Ganda totems are displayed at the entrance of Bulange. During the 1966 crisis when kingdoms were abolished, Bulange was taken over and occupied by the Uganda army until 1993 when kingdoms were reinstated.

Bulange building in Mengo one of the historical buildings in Uganda (it appears on the Historical Buildings Map of Kampala)

The Entebbe Declaration – 2013

National Museum Campaign

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