Architecture: Tombs

Origin: Uganda ,   Kasubi
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Description:  The kasubi tombs 5 kilometers from Kampala are the place where four former kings of Buganda are buried: Mutesa I (1856-1884), Mwanga II (1884-1897), exiled to the Seychelles in 1899 where he died in 1903 , Chwa II (1897-1939), Mutesa II (1939-1966), exiled to England where he died in 1969 and buried in Kasubi in 1971. This historic site was also the former site of the royal palace of Buganda Kingdom.

The site contains several domed buildings covered with a thatched roof. Three of them are particularly tall. The largest of all, measuring 14 meters in diameter, Muzibu-Azaala-Mpanga , is the burial chamber of kings. Then there is a two-door building, Bujyabukula , through which visitors pass when they go to the graves. The third Ndoga-Obukabais building is the drum house. Inside these buildings, and especially in the Muzibu-Azaala-Mpanga , magnificent palm-leaf rings rise from floor to roof, adorning and punctuating the space. The support posts that are covered with beaten bark surprise by their straightness.

The buildings contain a variety of objects that belonged to kings.

The site was listed on the UNESCO World Heritage List in 2001.