Uganda National Mosque

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Uganda National Mosque
مسجد أوغندا الوطني
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Uganda National Mosque is located in Kampala
Uganda National Mosque
Location in Kampala
Basic information
Location Kampala, Uganda
Geographic coordinates 0°18′56″N 32°34′07″E / 0.315539°N 32.568591°E / 0.315539; 32.568591Coordinates: 0°18′56″N 32°34′07″E / 0.315539°N 32.568591°E / 0.315539; 32.568591
Affiliation Islam
Branch/tradition Sunni Islam
Administration Uganda Muslim Supreme Council
Architectural description
Architectural type Mosque
Date established 2008
Specifications
Capacity 12,200
Interior area 12 acres (4.9 ha)
Dome(s) 5
Minaret(s) 1
Minaret height 50.5 metres (166 ft)
Materials Reinforced concrete

The Uganda National Mosque is a mosque located at Kampala Hill in the Old Kampala area of Kampala, Uganda. Completed in 2006, it seats up to 15,000 worshipers and can hold another 1,100 in the gallery, while the terrace will cater for another 3,500. Colonel Muammar Gaddafi of Libya commissioned the mosque as a gift to Uganda, and for the benefit of the Muslim population. Uganda has many mosques but this one is a skyscraper mosque.[1]

The completed mosque was opened officially in June 2007 under the name Gaddafi National Mosque, and housed the head offices of the Uganda Muslim Supreme Council.[2] It was renamed "Uganda National Mosque" in 2013 following the death of Colonel Gaddafi as the new Libyan administration was "reluctant to rehabilitate the mosque under the old name."[3]

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  1. ^ New Mosque Redraws Kampala's Skyline UGPulse.com, August 24, 2006
  2. ^ "Uganda People News: Kayongo free to enter Gaddafi Mosque-Mubajje". Ultimate Media Consult. Retrieved 28 May 2012. 
  3. ^ Old Kampala mosque drops Gaddafi name, The Observer

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