Butare (Kinyarwanda: [βú.tɑ́.ɾe]), also known as Huye, is a city (population: 89,600 as of 2015) in the Southern Province of Rwanda and capital of Huye district.

Butare City
Butare City
Butare City
Butare City is located in Rwanda
Butare City
Butare City
Location in Rwanda
Coordinates: 2°36′S 29°45′E / 2.600°S 29.750°E / -2.600; 29.750
CountryFlag of Rwanda.svg Rwanda
Admin. divisionSouthern Province
 • Total89,600


The Belgian colonial rulers established it in the 1920s and named the city Astrida, in honor of Queen Astrid of Belgium,[1] Its name was changed after Rwanda gained independence in 1962.[2]


University of Rwanda Butare campus.

The University of Rwanda Butare campus was founded in 2013.[1] Before that, the Butare campus went by the name of National University of Rwanda subsequent its foundation in 1963. Due to the large number of university students and student-centered activities in the city, Butare is often regarded as a university city. It also held the Nyakibanda Seminary and the Rwandan National Institute of Scientific Research.

The city of Butare has long been regarded as the intellectual capital of the country, while Kigali holds most political power.

The Groupe Scolaire Officiel de Butare is the largest secondary school in Rwanda.[citation needed]


The Ethnographic Museum at Butare.

The Ethnographic Museum was built in the early 1990s and is a source of information on the cultural history of the country and the region.

Places of worshipEdit

Cathedral of Our Lady of Wisdom at Butare.

Among the places of worship, they are predominantly Christian churches and temples : Roman Catholic Diocese of Butare (Catholic Church), (Lutheran Church of Rwanda (Lutheran World Federation), Province of the Anglican Church of Rwanda (Anglican Communion), Union of Baptist Churches in Rwanda (Baptist World Alliance), Assemblies of God, Church of the Nazarene.[3] There are also Muslim mosques.


The city is served by Butare Airport, a small civilian airport, administered by the Rwanda Civil Aviation Authority.


  1. ^ a b "Butare, a university town." National University of Rwanda. 22 January 2001. Retrieved on 11 November 2018.
  2. ^ Britannica, Butare, britannica.com, USA, accessed on June 30, 2019
  3. ^ J. Gordon Melton, Martin Baumann, Religions of the World: A Comprehensive Encyclopedia of Beliefs and Practices, ABC-CLIO, USA, 2010, p. 2481