GADDAFI NATIONAL MOSQUE – UGANDA SAFARI NEWS
One can note that New York has got the Statue of Liberty, London has got the London Eye, Paris has got the Eiffel tower while India has Taj Mahal but Kampala has got the Gaddafi National Mosque that is spread across the old Kampala hill shaped by strong concrete over 12 acres of land worth encountering while on Uganda safaris.
Gaddafi National Mosque is not only the largest mosque in Uganda but also the headquarters of Muslim faith in Uganda. Its gigantic size makes it second in Africa after King Hassan Mosque in Casablanca, Morocco. It is a two storied building with the mosque on the second floor while the ground floor houses the offices.
The construction of this Uganda safari offer commenced in 1972 with the formation of Uganda Muslim Supreme Council by the then Ugandan government headed by Idi Amin. Unfortunately, the mosque (known as Old Kampala National mosque by then) came to a standstill in 1976 until 2001 when Sheikh Shaban Ramadan Mubaje drew closer to Gaddafi the then president of Libya asking for assistance of completing the Mosque – something Gaddafi is credited for having fulfilled.
The works commenced afresh in 2004 with the demolition of the old foundation and in a couple of years the Mosque was over and officially inaugurated in 2008 by its funder Col. Muammar Gaddafi along with other African Heads of State. The Gaddaffi National Mosque takes 35,000 worshipers at ago and the number can double during Muslim festivities – attracting Muslims from other countries to plan safaris to Uganda.
The personality of Col. Gaddafi and the Minaret which offers great scenic views of Kampala city combine to make the Gaddafi National Mosque famous and attractive, the architecture is very unique and the interior décor is very standard and splendid. The well trained and informative guides make you feel at home while encountering Gaddafi Mosque on your Uganda safari tour.
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