Pictorial; What Remains of the Ancient Chwezi Dynasty's Capital Top story

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At Bigo Byamugenyi Archaeological site, located in Ntuusi Sub County in Sembabule district begins the rich history of the ancient Chwezi dynasty. Historians believe the Bachwezi were supernatural beings or demigods, out of whom originated several ethnic groupings in East Africa.

The journey to this historical site of Chwezi people is about 50 kilometers from Sembabule district headquarters towards Lwemiyaga County; through the jungle of thorny shrubs leading to what now lies as shrines of the Chwezi gods at a village called Kabeho.

The archaeological site which is enclosed in a space about 4 square miles, has in it, a diversity of ancient cultural objects including very old spears, calabashes, traditional mats, uniquely-shaped smoking pipes, beads, and several other permanent features such as the defense tranches, deep and wide forts and caves, dug bedrocks among others, which all represent a living heritage history about the Chwezi people.

State Minister for Tourism Godfrey Kiwanda Ssuubi, says the government will soon begin renovating the site after it was recently presented to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization-UNESCO for consideration for a special status of a Tourist Heritage site with an international outlook.
We bring pictures of features from the walk into the archaeological site


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These stones act as resting seats of the guards that clear visitors into the sites, that about 7 kilometres ahead.jpg

A local tourist guide performing rituals to the Chwezi gods to allow visitors in the site.jpg

Visitors crossing the magical river in the middle of that in Bigo Bya Mugenyi site.jpg

State Minister for Tourism Godfrey Kiwanda, inside of the Chwezi defense Trenches that is about 10 km long.jpg

The Chwezi traditional fireplace, it is kept burning all days throught the year.jpg

A traditional hut as Bigo Bya Mugenyi, caretakers say it traditional palace of the late Chwezi Rulers.jpg

The throne of the Chwezi rulers now turned spirits.jpg

A person praying below the magical Chwezi tree in Bigo Bya Mugyenyi sites.jpg

One of the ditches at Bigo Bya Mugenyi, caretakers say they were traditional hiding grounds for kings against and external attackers.jpg

The remaining Traditional Stones that acted as chairs for chiefs in times of disputes resolution.jpg

The remaining Traditional Stones that acted as chairs for chiefs in times of disputes resolution.jpg

Part of the remaining stone made parementer wall for the Chwezi Rulers palace.jpg
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