The Rubaga Cathedral is the head of catholic religious denomination in Uganda. Located on Rubaga Hill with magnificent architectural building, the Rubaga Cathedral takes pride not only in its significance to the Catholic faith in Uganda but also great heritage in the history of Uganda Martyrs and other religious service men and women spread of gospel in Uganda, East Africa and Africa at large.
The Cathedral is also known as St Mary’s Catholic Cathedral is positioned at 3km from Kampala City Center and can be accessed using boda bodas, public taxis, walking or private vehicle.
Built in the Roman architectural shape, the Rubaga Cathedral was constructed in the 20th Century by the group of early missionaries. The splendid piers, great color paintings of catholic saints featured in its well carved windows and the fabric mosaics combine to make Rubaga cathedral an amazing wonder in the middle of Kampala city.
Cathedral's outer view
Rubaga Hospital also lies in close proximity to the cathedral and is one of the five mother hospitals that are founding Uganda which is an attraction in its self. The Rubaga Cathedral has got a cemetery in the back yard where a range of historical religious service men lay in rest including the first African Catholic Bishop Joseph Kiwanuka and the first African Cardinal Cardinal Emmanuel Nsubuga among others. It is very worthy to encounter this yard to evidence how believers can dedicate themselves to Christ.
The Rubaga nomenclature is derived from the Luganda word Okubaga since th hill was used by the Buganda generals to craft their warfare. The hill was the palace of 19th King of Buganda Kabaka Nsobya who reigned from 1724 – 1734. The fire gutted the palace and people abandoned it as a result. Upon the arrival of missionaries in Uganda, Kabaka Mwanga offered them the hill to establish themselves
Interior view of the cathedral
The cathedral has impressive interior design, a lot of historical attachment to the materials that decorate the church, the works of art in the windows, path ways and the door sides making it an impressive attraction to visit while in Uganda.