Chashma Ayub Mausoleum

Chashma Ayub Mausoleum is a historic building with a sacred spring located in the heart of the ancient city of Bukhara. It was built in the XII century beside a holy spring that features a Harezm-style conical dome. The style of the mausoleum is not common in Bukhara and it is maybe the only building in its type.

There is a legend about the famous sacred spring. It says that people in Bukhara were dying from thirst because there was no water left in the area. They saw  Prophet Job (Ayub) wandering in the streets of the city and asked him to help. He struck the ground and made a well, from which healing water sprang up. Until now the water is considered to be pure and healing. 

The Mausoleum dates back to the 12th century built by the order of Karakhanid rulers. It was reconstructed over centuries. The Mausoleum was completed under the rule of Tamerlane. During his reign Tamerlane brought the best craftsmen from Khorezm to finish the mausoleum this is why the final look of Chashma Ayub is characteristic to the Khorezmian architecture. The central part has preserved its initial way.

The site was added to the Unesco World  Heritage Tentative List in2008, in the cultural category.

Today the mausoleum of Chashma Ayub stands not far from Ismael Samani Mausoleum. There is also a museum of Water Supply representing the expositions of a different era starting from the times of Bukhara emirate and ending with the Soviet era.

 

You can visit this site with our Yurts and deserts tour to Uzbekistan and 3 stans tour to Central Asia.

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