King’s Palace Museum

King’s Palace Museum

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The King’s palace museum is based in Nyanza district ,southern province, King’s Mutara III Rudahigwa’s palace offers a detailed view into the Rwandan monarchical system and its abolition in early 1960s due to colonialism.

The palace was restored in 19th century state as a replica and was entirely made with traditional materials.

Recently the long  horned royal cattle “inyambo” were Introduced because cows form an integral part of the Rwandan culture and were initially the King’s symbol of prestige. Visitors are always fascinated by the procession of these royal cows which are famous for impressive long horns, height gentle nature and traditional poems.

Along the traditional palace in the 1931 modern palace where king Mutara Rudahigwa resided until he passed away in 1959. It now serves to display Rwandan history from the 15th century.

On the neighbouring hill of mwima, one can also visit the mausoleum where king Mutara III, his wife Queen Rosalie Gicandaad king Kigeri IV Ndahindurwa were laid to rest.

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