St. Paul’s Cathedral, Namirembe

The beautiful red-brick edifice of St. Paul’s Cathedral with its distinctive dome glinting in the sun, is a symbol of hope and fortitude for the nation of Uganda. The stately Cathedral is a place to visit for its picturesque location and history.

Welcoming the devout for over a century

The Namirembe Cathedral is the oldest church in Uganda and was established in 1890 as the cathedral for the Anglican Church of Uganda. The present building raised in 1919 is the fifth structure to represent the church that we see today. The previous churches were destroyed or abandoned for various reasons. Locally known as the Namirembe Cathedral, it sits atop the Namirembe Hill, a couple of kilometers from the Ugandan capital city of Kampala.

Historical significance

The church has played a key role in the history of Uganda as well as in the lives of Ugandans during its turbulent past. No surprise then that the Cathedral’s premises are the final resting place for several luminaries who spent their lives for the well-being of the people. They include Bishop James Hannington, a missionary martyr and Dr. Albert Ruskin Cook, a medical missionary fondly referred to as the Father of Modern Medicine in Uganda.