Our Lady of Victoria Monastery in Kijonjo

Our Lady of Victoria Monastery in Kijonjo


A monastic complex located on the shore of Lake Victoria gives shelter to a community of Cistercian Trappist monks that was forced to leave Kenya on account of political unrest in the country.

The complex – including a church, a novitiate, and a guesthouse – addresses the local context and complies with the building tradition of an order characterized by austerity and strict observance of contemplative life.

Protected under a large ventilated roof, the church is a long volume with a barrel vault that intersperses bands of fired bricks with coffee husks and embedded pieces of glass that let daylight into the worship space.

Edificio para huéspedes

Edificio para novicios

Obra Work
Monasterio de Nuestra Señora de la Victoria, Kijonjo (Uganda) 
Our Lady of Victoria Monastery, Kijonjo (Uganda).

Arquitectos Architects

Contratista Contractor
Cementers; Unique Clay Works (ladrillos bricks).

Superficie Area
2.000 m².

Fotos Photos
Will Boase.