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“Cool mosque”

Gaddafi National Mosque
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Kampala Sightseeing Tour Including Traditional Medicine
Ranked #1 of 61 things to do in Kampala
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Owner description: Famously known as the "Gaddafi Mosque" The Colorful structure with its magnificent features of Art was built and designed based on a mixture of Cultures of Arab, European, and an African Touch. Built on Old Kampala Hill, which is One of Kampala City's Seven Hills. It can also be viewed from all Corners of Kampala and one cannot go without a glimpse of it. The Mosque is Open to all People regardless of their Creeds, Political affiliations, Ethnic backgrounds, Cultures and Nationalities. This majestic work of art also houses the Headquarters of the Uganda Muslim Supreme Council which is the National Faith Based Umbrella Organization for all Muslims, their Organizations and Institutions in Uganda with a Core responsibility to reach out to all People at all Levels. The Mosque Complex consists of a Large Mosque Hall that is usually open to all Muslims for Friday Prayers and also for other Islamic Festivals. It can accommodate over 35,000 People. This makes it as one of the biggest Mosque in East, Central, and Sub-Saharan Africa. It also has a standard Conference Hall, Library, An Fm Radio Station, a hospital, and a University College among other Units. On arrival, report to the Tourism Information Office desk. Where you are required to pay your Entrance Fees, Ladies will be veiled as per the Islamic custom. This is a Guided Tour; hence you will be introduced to your guide who will take you around and Inside the Mosque to enjoy an Ambience of its exterior and interior. On entering the Mosque Main hall, enjoy its Architectural designs. Climbing the Tower / Minaret gives you the best view of Kampala City at 360 degrees with its original surrounding Seven Hills. The Mosque also stands on the Original Spot where British first hoisted their Flag which signified Uganda as British Colony. OFFICIAL OPENING HOURS TO TOURISTS AND RESEARCHERS; Monday - Thursday: 09:00am - 06:00Pm Friday: 09:00am - 11:30am re-Opened after the Friday Prayers from 02:00 - 06:00Pm Saturday - Sunday: 09:00am - 06:00Pm. Remains Open on Public Holidays Follow us on our Face book Page; Gaddafi Mosque Uganda Please note; All Visitors are required to respect the Islamic Regulations, Norms and Values. Thank You Management Tourism Office Uganda National Mosque
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
“Cool mosque”
Reviewed January 9, 2014

Nice mosque to see in a town that doesn't offer too much. Kampala isnt a nice place at all but this mosque is sweet and historical and is something different to do when in town.

Visited January 2014
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“Brilliant Architecture”
Reviewed December 29, 2013 via mobile

A must see for every visitor to Kampala looking for somehwere to begin visiting.
Absolutely fabulous view of the city from all directions.
Great modern style of building.

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“Worth the stop”
Reviewed November 23, 2013

Stopped here on a bode bode excursion and was well worth the stop. Please note that woman can hire an outsit to cover up at 5$. The climb to the top of the tower is a must, even if you suffer from vertigo. The view is awesome.

Visited November 2013
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“A lovely sanctuary to visit”
Reviewed November 1, 2013

We spent a couple of hours being shown round by Ashiraf and then Mohammed who took us to the top of the tower. The views were fabulous and we had an all round view of Kampala. This was a 1st time visit to a Mosque and I found the atmosphere very calming serene. The background info we were given on how it was funded by Col. Gaddafi and built was an interesting tale. There is a small fee - 10,000 shillings each but it's well worth it. This is a recommended attraction and gives you a tiny to the religion.

Visited October 2013
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“Go at sunset,, be polite and plead to go up the minaret”
Reviewed October 26, 2013

This is the second largest mosque in Africa. It isnt particularly old and frankly, its a bit... gaudy inside. If a premier league football designed a mosque, I would imagine it would be similarly decorated. But forget all that, the view from the top of the minaret is simply incredible. You wont get better in Kampala and with the crazy taxi parks, slum area, city center skyscrapers, owino market, football stadium, lake victoria, even the national stadium all the way out to entebbe and the airport visible from the top, not to mention Kampala's multiple green hills.

You have to pay around 10,000 Ugs and with it being late in the day, you have to be persuasive to go up the minaret around 6pm for sunset. But its worth it at any time of day for the view, especially when the call to prayer comes blasting from the speakers next to your head!

Women need to wear headscarves which are available for free and the whole mosque area might sometimes be the scenes of political unrest, but such events are announced well in advance. I actually found the mosque to be one of the nicest, quietest places in the crazy city.

Visited June 2013
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