Namugongo Martyrs' Shrine

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Namugongo Martyrs' Shrine is an important religious and historical site related to the Buganda kingdom. Situated about 12 kilometers 7.5 miles north-east of Kampala off the Jinja Road, this impressive site is where 22 Christian converts were excecuted on the orders of Kabaka Mwanga II in 1886.

A steel domed structure carved in a traditional style stands at the scene. Artistic works depicting the scenes of this memorable Christian episode grace the interior walls of the house. In the centre, preserved in glass are some remains of one of the great martyrs: Kaloli Lwanga.

 

Getting there: Head out of the capital on the Jinja road. At the second main round about on Jinja Road, near contenary Park, there is a right turn to Port Bell, some five kilometer three miles away on the shores of Lake Victoria. Uganda Railways Cooperation uses the town as its base from which to operate the country's second route to the Indian Ocean by utilizing wagon ferries between port bell and the northern Tanzanian lake port of Mwanza, where traffic is connected by railway to the Indian Ocean port of Dar es Salaam. To continue to the Shrine, return to the Jinja Road and head north -east, past the Uganda Management Institute on your left before you come to the huge Lugogo sports complex.

 

 

Near by  a US$ 28.6 million giant sports center and stadium at Ndamboole village were contructed  a short distance behind Kireka trading center. The stadium has been named Mandela Stadium. Not far beyond the new Sports City center is the Namugongo Martyrs Shrine, on this sport more than 20 newly converted Uganda Christians were burnt alive by command of Kabaka Mwanga II, who had ordered them to renounce the white man's religion.