Leaving Nairobi on the A104, ?i take the turning for the old Narol Road at Limuru. This used to be the main road from Nairobi to Nakuku. Immediately, the road surface changes from deeply rutted tarmac caused by the heavy lorries plying their trade along the A104 to poorly maintained tarmac. Meandering down the edge of the escarpment, i descend into?mist before?shortly?emerging into a panoramic view of the?great Rift Valley a few hundred meters below. ?This road, was built by Italian prisoners of war (POW’s) which were incarcerated in the Rift Valley during the second world war.
Tucked away on the inside of one of the many bends?is a small Catholic chapel, built by Italian POWs?in 1942. The pentagon fronted?chapel measuring about 3m x 5m contains 4 pews to seat 12 people.?On the inside of the chapel, above the stained glass windows and the entrance doors are painted the words:
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: Standard Digital News]
The mural behind the alter,?drawn in early 1943 ?by Navitatis N.D.J.C is the nativity scene?and symbolises the victory achieved by the religion across the world.
Many?Italians who worked on the road died due to malaria or?attacked by wild animals.?There are graves outside the church where the deceased were laid to rest.