Chashma-i Ayub Mausoleum

On the way to the exit of the Samanids park is another interesting monument of ancient Bukhara – Chashma-i Ayub mausoleum, (ie, "the Spring of Job") - the cult statue, which includes a mausoleum and a sacred source. The mausoleum was reconstructed several times during the XIV-XIX centuries, carved terracotta plaque near the well reported that the mausoleum was built in the 1379-1380 years by Amir Timur, masters from Khorezm.

Construction was founded by four rooms, located on the east-west axis, each room is crowned by a dome. The most western building was built first as a funerary tower, the remaining volumes were added later. A sharp, memorable silhouette makes it raised on a cylindrical drum of a double dome with a conical calotte, marking a main room with the source.

The Bible says about Job: "There was a man in the land of Uz, whose name was Job; and that man was perfect and upright, and one that feared God and eschewed evil" (Job 1:1). Where was the "country of Uz" is unknown, so it is possible the pious Job lived somewhere in the vicinity of modern Bukhara. According to one legend Job (Ayub) was passing by the place during a drought. Dying of thirst, the local people asked him for water. And as soon as he hit the ground with his staff, there was a healing Spring from which you can still drink fresh water. Regardless of how true this legend, the mere existence of the historical monuments associated with the name of the biblical character, is a significant phenomenon that indicates the distribution of the Bible and Christianity in these places in the distant past.