Located on the hill of Kikaya off Gayaza road, the Baha’i Temple boasts of its amazing architectural Temple perched in a lush raised land scape marked by impressive and beautiful gardens that are unique to find in the bustling city of Kampala. Stretching over 8.5 hectares of land in the outskirts of Kampala the Uganda’s capital city, the Baha’i Temple’s foundation stone was laid on 26 January1958 under the architectural guidance of Charles Mason Remey along with the touch of Shonghi Effendi in the Temple design development. The establishment of the Temple followed the Baha’i Faith in Uganda in the year 1951.
Outer view of the Bahai Temple in Kampala
The Temple has got rich heritage some of which is vested in the building alone. For instance by the time of its establishment, the Baha’i Temple building was the tallest in East Africa rising to over 38m in height. The Temple has the seating capacity of 800 people on 515 Km2. The Temple was rendered into a state of dysfunction following the banning of other religions by Idi Amin who ruled Uganda from 1971 – 79. On 16th of September 1977, the 26 religions in Uganda apart from Islam were not allowed to operate with in Uganda and Baha’i Faith was not an exception.
The Baha’i Temple’s architectural design blends with the natural environment in which it is built. The shape resemble that of African huts while its spreading eaves form a round porch on the lowermost outward level of the structure, ensuring its protection from periodical excesses of rains, winds, heat and dust prone to the area.