Bahai Temple is located on the Kikaya Hill, 7 Kilometers from the City Centre along the Kampala- Gayaza Road. It is the only Bahai Temple in Africa. The temple is of international significance and attracts the Bahai community from all over the world.
There are eight Bahia Temples in the world with Mother Temple of Africa located in Uganda. During the rule of President Idi Amin the Bahai Faith was banned and the Bahai Hand of the Cause Enoch Olinga and his family was murdered.
The Bahai community of Uganda has sponsored a number of social and economic development programmes in Uganda aimed at promoting the welfare of the local communities.
Structure of the Temple
The building is more than 130 feet (39 m) high and over 100 meters in diameter at the base with the dome composed of lace-like tiles, rises over 124 feet (37 m) high and is 44 feet (13 m) in diameter. The foundation goes 10 feet (3 m) underground to protect it from possible earthquakes.
The green dome that was used in the construction of the Temple made of fixed mosaic tiles was from Italy and the lower roof tiles are from Belgium. The walls of the temple are of precast stone quarried in Uganda. The colored glass in the wall panels was brought from Germany. The timber used for making the doors and benches was from Uganda.
Bahai Temple was designed by Charles Mason Remey and its foundation stone was laid in January 1958, and the completed Temple was dedicated on January 13, 1961
Bahai Temple is open to all people regardless of religion, or any other distinction. It brings together different faiths to meet and pray together at the House of Worship. It is a House of Worship where people of all religions may worship God without denominational restrictions. Only the holy scriptures of the Bahá’í Faith and other religions can be read or chanted inside the House of Worship in any language. Readings and prayers may be set to music by choirs, no musical instruments may be played in the House of Worship and no sermons may be delivered.