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.