Of the seven original hills of Kampala, this was the fairest of them all. And all credit goes to the Gaddafi mosque. The tour starts at the main gate where the tourism office is located. Here, payments are made and a tour guide assigned to lead you. The blend of African and European architecture lends to the beauty of this mosque. According to the tour guide, the wood for the columns was imported from the Democratic Republic of Congo while the doors and stained glass are from Italy. The mosque has a seating capacity of 15,000 worshipers, with extra space on the terrace. The terrace bears a striking resemblance to the Taj Mahal and got me smiling with glee. It is a beautiful sight, so let the pictures do the talking;
- The Mens’ section
The mens’ section is the larger of the two sections and is the lower seating area. The chandeliers hanging from the centers of the domes, the floor carpet running from wall to wall, and light beams passing through the stained glass make this a must visit spot in Kampala.
- The not so little details
There are details that pop and collectively beautify the mosque’s interior. Add these to your scrap book and wait for the right moment to use them.
- The view from the ladies’ section
The gallery serves as the section for ladies and children and is much smaller than the mens’ section. From here, you enjoy a clear view of the lower section, the pillars and chandeliers.
- Taj Mahal views
“The world is a book, and those who don’t travel read only one page” Saint Augustine. The clear blue sky, the sun rays, the gentle breeze; life’s simple pleasures. Take a few moments to walk around this spot before heading up the minaret.
- Up the minaret
It was a steep climb up the stairs and left me with serious muscle cramps. For all my fellow unfit friends, get ready for this!
- The side view from the parking lot
This was the only shot I took of almost the entire structure. But if you stand at the front of the arch, you will get an even more stunning view. Don’t miss it!
- Let’s head to Namirembe Cathedral just up the hill
And now that we are done here, let’s head up there to Namirembe Cathedral.
PS: avoid the mosque during prayer hours as you will be asked to wait till the prayers are done.