Church built by Italian prisoners of war interned in Kenya during second world war.


DSC_2372 Italian prisoners of war were interned in the Rift Valley in Kenya during the second world war. They were  made to build a road in this treacherous environment. Colonials were  compassionate and allowed prisoners of war to build a catholic church. This church has survived the test of times, seen the colonials leave, changes of regimes in Kenya. After the war, Italian prisoners were repatriated to Italy. Some stayed behind and built their own businesses and farming. People of all faiths call at this little church to pay homage to the prisoners who built the magnificent road in the Rift Valley.

This church stands on the highway that links Nairobi to Nakuru.  This photo on left is the first view of the church from the road – Flight of steps lead up to the church.

The inside walls are covered with Latin words scrawled on the upper end of the walls and reads, Venite Ad Memone (Come to me my people), Haec Est Victoria Quae Vincit Mundum Fides Mustra (This is the victory that has won the world by our faith), Benedicite Coeli Domino Benedicite (Blessed be the sky and blessed again) and finally Universa Germinatia In Terra Domino, which translates to, everything will germinate in the sky and also on the earth.( Source EA Standard)

The picture behind the altar is of baby Jesus and his parents Mary and Joseph surrounded by the angels drawn in early 1943 by Navitatis NDJC. The drawing symbolises the victory achieved by the religion across the world. This is just part of many other

Latin words and symbols that decorate inside and around the church.

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