Sign pointing to the ticket office for the Kasubi Tombs
Sign pointing to the ticket office for the Kasubi Tombs. The Tombs of Buganda Kings at Kasubi constitute a site embracing almost 30 hectares of hillside within the Kampala district. Most of the site is agricultural, farmed by traditional methods. At its core on the hilltop is the former palace of the Kabakas of Buganda, built in 1882 and converted into the royal burial ground in 1884. The site remains an important spiritual and political site for the Baganda people. In 2001, the Kasubi Tombs were declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The kabakas buried at the site were:
Muteesa I (1835–1884)
Mwanga II (1867–1903)
Daudi Chwa II (1896–1939)
Sir Edward Muteesa II (1924–1969).
On 16 March 2010, at about 8.30 pm local time, the Kasubi tombs were destroyed by fire. The cause of the fire is as yet unknown. The Buganda kingdom has promised to conduct independent investigations into the fire.