THE UGANDA MARTYRS' 1 DAY ROUTE

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UGANDA MARTYRS' TRAIL

 

Uncover one of Uganda's greatest stories: a story of unrelenting faith in this Uganda Martyrs Trail experiences. Take a journey through the different places where the first Christian missionaries walked and preached. 

The Uganda Martyrs are a group of 23 Anglican, 22 Catholic and a few Muslim converts to Christianity and Islam in the historical kingdom of Buganda, now part of Uganda, who were executed between 31 January 1885 and 27 January 1887.

The death of these martyrs has always been memorable in the hearts of Christians who celebrate the lives of the martyrs on 3rd June of every year – a day the republic of Uganda considers as the Uganda Martyrs’ Day and a public holiday. Their remembrance was amplified when the Catholic Church of Rome beatified the martyrs of its faith in 1920 and canonized them in 1964.

We'll start our journey at the Mackay Cave in Nateete where Alexander Murdoch Mackay was a Presbyterian missionary to Uganda and one of the Pioneer Missionaries of the Church Missionary Society who reached Uganda in 1878 after they were invited by Kabaka Muteesa I of the Buganda Kingdom. Alexander Mackay constructed a cave in Nateete as a hiding place near a water spring (Well) when the kings (Mwanga & Kiweewa) started persecuting all Christians in the country. It is also at this cave where Mackay is believed to have translated the gospel according to St Mathew into Luganda, before the first Anglican martyrs were arrested and later taken to Busega for execution.

We'll then head to the Busega Martyrs’ Church where the first Anglican martyrs who were picked from Mackay’s cave and the surrounding, were killed.

Next up, we'll visit the Lubaga Catholic and Namirembe Anglican Cathedrals. On two of the highest hills of Kampala lie the centres of Christianity in Uganda. Visiting both the Catholic Cathedral on Lubaga (Rubaga) hill and the Anglican Cathedral on Namirembe hill shall provide you with the best knowledge, feel and experience of how the death of the Uganda Martyrs bred an everlasting spirit in the lives of the people of Uganda.

Interestingly, these are the two hills that surrounded the central palace of the Kabaka of Buganda at Mengo. We'll stop by the King's palace and marvel at its architectural and cultural relevance.

We'll stop by St. Mathias Mulumba in Old Kampala, the former trading capital of Kampala City. Here a church was built on the actual site of the martyrdom of St. Mathias Mulumba, the oldest of the Uganda Martyrs. 

Next, we'll see the spot where St. Joseph Mukasa Balikuddembe was murdered. This is a walk of about half a mile down Mengo Hill (location of Kabaka’s Palace) through the valley between Mengo and Nakasero Hills lies the river Nakivubo. Navivubo is currently a business hotspot buzzing with 24 hour activity.

Our final stop will be at the Basalica/ Shrine Catholic church dedicated to the Martyrs of Uganda who shed their blood because of the Christian faith. The Shrine is well known for its beautiful and unique interior and exterior, but it is especially notable for its shape and architectural plan: the 22 copper pillars-over 100 feet long that support the shrine built in form of an African hut and its wooden doors that depict the history of the Martyrs. 

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We'll start our journey at the Mackay Cave in Nateete where Alexander Murdoch Mackay was a Presbyterian missionary to Uganda and one of the Pioneer Missionaries of the Church Missionary Society who reached Uganda in 1878 after they were invited by Kabaka Muteesa I of the Buganda Kingdom. Alexander Mackay constructed a cave in Nateete as a hiding place near a water spring (Well) when the kings (Mwanga & Kiweewa) started persecuting all Christians in the country. It is also at this cave where Mackay is believed to have translated the gospel according to St Mathew into Luganda, before the first Anglican martyrs were arrested and later taken to Busega for execution.

We'll then head to the Busega Martyrs’ Church where the first Anglican martyrs who were picked from Mackay’s cave and the surrounding, were killed.

Next up, we'll visit the Lubaga Catholic and Namirembe Anglican Cathedrals. On two of the highest hills of Kampala lie the centres of Christianity in Uganda. Visiting both the Catholic Cathedral on Lubaga (Rubaga) hill and the Anglican Cathedral on Namirembe hill shall provide you with the best knowledge, feel and experience of how the death of the Uganda Martyrs bred an everlasting spirit in the lives of the people of Uganda.

Interestingly, these are the two hills that surrounded the central palace of the Kabaka of Buganda at Mengo. We'll stop by the King's palace and marvel at its architectural and cultural relevance.

We'll stop by St. Mathias Mulumba in Old Kampala, the former trading capital of Kampala City. Here a church was built on the actual site of the martyrdom of St. Mathias Mulumba, the oldest of the Uganda Martyrs. 

Next, we'll see the spot where St. Joseph Mukasa Balikuddembe was murdered. This is a walk of about half a mile down Mengo Hill (location of Kabaka’s Palace) through the valley between Mengo and Nakasero Hills lies the river Nakivubo. Navivubo is currently a business hotspot buzzing with 24 hour activity.

Our final stop will be at the Basalica/ Shrine Catholic church dedicated to the Martyrs of Uganda who shed their blood because of the Christian faith. The Shrine is well known for its beautiful and unique interior and exterior, but it is especially notable for its shape and architectural plan: the 22 copper pillars-over 100 feet long that support the shrine built in form of an African hut and its wooden doors that depict the history of the Martyrs. 

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    2020-06-05T07:12:22
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