The Baha’i Temple one of Uganda’s religious Tourist Centers, is the prayer house for the Baha’i faith in Uganda. Many visitors come not only to see its unusual and exclusive architectural design but also the beautiful natural environment in which it stands out magnificently above other features. The Temple shows a regal wonderful presence that can be apparent as a naturally placed on the hill at the beginning of the universe. A walk to the unusual and beautiful site makes one’s visit worth a tour.
Baha’i Temple is located 3 kilometers away from Kampala sitting on one of Kampala’s prominent Hills. It is a 15 minute drive from Kampala depending on Traffic.
Built more than 50 years ago on a 55 hectares compound on Kikaya Hill; Baha’i temple measures 265 Feet high, and 84 Feet interior diameter. The construction of this magnificent temple took four (4) years from 1958 to 1961 when it opened its doors on January 13, 1961. At the time of construction, building materials were offered by different Countries. Belgium provided the Roofing of the Temple, Germany provided the Glasses, the windows were brought from Britain and Uganda provided the hard rocks for the construction.
The Temple and surroundings are free to the Public but unnecessary noise and use of drugs, smoking and alcohol are prohibited in the area as the faith is against them. Prayer at the Temple is by of meditation so noise by Visitors is completely discouraged.
This beautiful temple offers a wide range of photographic opportunities of the surroundings however one is required to respect the Temple’s interior and not take Photos within.
The selected and chosen colors of the structure create a beautiful scenic view. The surrounding flowers with multiple colors, the meticulously leveled grass growing on the grounds and the tall trees which are home of the lovely birds offering nice melodies in the mornings and evenings make the place memorable to visit and worth a relaxation. The peacefulness of the pearl made the faith believers to choose Uganda from the rest of the countries in Africa as there is only one temple in each continent across the world which include; The Baha’i House of Worship, Wilmette, USA, The Baha’i House of Worship, Sydney, Australia, The Baha’i House of Worship, Langenhain, Germany, The Baha’i House of Worship, Panama City, Panama, The Baha’i House of Worship, Apia, Western Samoa, The Baha’i House of Worship, New Delhi, India, The Baha’i House of Worship, Santiago, Chile, The Baha’i House of Worship, Battambang, Cambodia, The Baha’i House of Worship, Agua Azul, Colombia and Uganda hosts one of the Temples.
The Architect Mason Remey was brilliant in the designing the Temple as anyone from far can catch its view. It is not surprising therefore that at the time the Temple was constructed it was one of the tallest buildings in East Africa with Nine doors that stand open to usher in people during prayers and sessions in the Temple.
Many tourists across the world come to Uganda to visit this magnificent Temple which due to the green grass compound and Trees on a wide expanse makes the place look like a Park. The Park like surrounding fascinates many people who sit on the grass and have a peaceful moment or hold picnics not forgetting couples and newlyweds who flock this place for quality time.