Uganda: Inside world’s smallest church that holds up to 3 churchgoers


The chapel has no known or given name yet but it’s popularly known as the Chapel on Biku Hill

The smallest church in the world, according to the Guinness Book of World Records, is in Canada near Niagara-on-the-Lake on the Niagara River.

It can only hold six people and is referred to as the Living Water Wayside Chapel. It was constructed in 1969 by the Christian Reformed Church.

This fact was undisputed until recent discoveries in Uganda demonstrated the need for an update to the Guinness Book of World Records.

Solomon Oleny and his colleague Miburu, along with their friend Godfred, came across the magnificent chapel while driving up Biku Hill in Nebbi Town, Uganda. They were on an official United Nations assignment.

Although the chapel has not yet been assigned a name, it is commonly referred to as the Chapel on Biku Hill.

It was started in 1996 by the now-retired Henry Luke Orombi, Archbishop of the Church of Uganda, in collaboration with Pastor Song, a Korean minister.

The magnificent but tiny structure, which is made of stones and has a height of 8 feet and a width of 2.5 meters, was constructed with the aim of assisting Christians to have a special interaction with God once they reach the hill and to have a very personal service. It is a part of a prayer center situated on the mountaintop.

Three people, including the priest, can fit in the chapel, which is half the number that can fit in Canada’s Living Water Wayside Chapel, often referred to as the smallest church in the world.


Chapel on Biku Hill. Photo/courtesy

The entire center and chapel, according to Prime Uganda Safari, were constructed with the intention of promoting spiritual healing for individuals and church groups who come for a unique and intimate experience with God.

The chapel on Biku Hill is the tiniest chapel in the world because there isn’t a comparable structure anywhere else.

Just a short distance from Biku, the chapel is perched on a slope and offers views of the Congo.

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People visit the chapel to pray for their personal needs and for peace and prosperity for their countries.

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