Bukhara Chashamai Ayub Mausoleum


Visit Guide to Bukhara Chashamai Ayub Mausoleum

Chashma-Ayub Mausoleum is located near the Samani Mausoleum, in Bukhara, Uzbekistan. Its name means Job’s well, due to the legend in which Job (Ayub) visited this place and made a well by striking the ground with his staff. The water of this well is still pure and is considered healing. The current building was constructed during the reign of Timur and features a Khwarazm-style conical dome uncommon in Bukhara.

Getting There

It is located on the way out of the Ismail Samani park. It was repeatedly rebuilt during the fourteenth and took the form of an elongated prism topped domes over the premises of various sizes and shapes. Sharp, memorable silhouette gives it raised on a cylindrical drum with a conical double dome marking a main room with a well – source.

The monument is a rectangular building complex consisting of 4 rooms, a suite arranged from west to east. Premises built at different times. The oldest of them is blocked high conical dome. The construction of this part, according to legend, is credited with Arslan Khan, in which was erected the Kalyan Minaret.

What to Expect

Inside mazar still remained a source of cold water. Folk legend connects the building with the name of the biblical holy Job. The legend tells that in those days, when there was the city of Bukhara, Prophet Job came to these places. The year was dry, and the inhabitants died of thirst. They appealed to the «saint» for help. Job struck his staff on the ground, and out of the scoring key appeared cold water. Hence the name of the monument is Chashma – Ayub, which means “the source of Job.”

In reality, the source appears to be healing, and they existed long enjoyed the local population. He called «weak source», as the word “Ayub” can be interpreted as a derivative of the word «mayub» which means to Tajik – weak. This kind of facts is known from the history of the ancient world (Greece, Rome). The monument stands in deep beams with recent large spring flowed. This spring is associated with a well mazar.


This monument refers to 1380 and devoted legendary prophet Ayub. It is a religious building includes a mausoleum and a sacred spring. Currently, it houses the Museum of the holy water

This unique sightseeing of Bukhara enclosed in a rectangle walls, over which looms a dome with different silhouettes. The interiors are spectacular ganch lampshades with growing rows of stalactites, creating a transition of stalactite domes.

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According to legend, a holy structure already existed here in the 12th century. The inscription on the portal states that today’s structure was built by Amir Timur. Characteristic of Chashma-Ayub is a conical dome, typical of Khorezm architecture in the 13th and 14th centuries. Most likely, Khorezm masters invited by Timur were the builders of Chashma-Ayub

According to the Bible, by birth Job was from Sumer town Hebron; he died and was buried there. As to Chashma-Ayub Mausoleum there are several tombs here. The earliest of them, and the most esteemed, is the tomb of Hajji Hafiz Gujori, an outstanding expert in hadith, a theologian and author of historical treatises, who died in 1022.