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Chashma Ayub mausoleum.

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A short, shady walk north-east from here, past a stretch of ruined city wall beyond a pond on the left, is Chashma Ayub, the Spring of Job, where curative water miraculously gushed from the desert at the Old Testament prophet's behest.
The spring is still there and auizar (shrine, not mausoleum) was built over it in the XII century. It was rebuilt in the 1380, according to an inscription over the entrance, with cells, dormitories and dining rooms for pilgrims and dervishes.
The large and incongruous conical dome was designed by architects brought from Khorezm by Tamerlane. Nowadays there are un- house-trained doves inside, and an exhibition on the Amu-Bukharski Canal.
You are encouraged to drink of the Spring of Job, which now comes out of a tap. The entrance to the new local bazaar is opposite Chashma Ayub and not far from the site of the old slave market (vaguely located by Soviet literature 'beyond the Registan').
Slaves were only exhib­ited here; deals were struck in the traders' caravanserais. The modern bazaar is good for Uzbek snacks and has a wall-less but shady chaikhanaA 4-km section of ruined city wall comes to the edge of the bazaar.
Bukhara's first defences were built in the mid - IX century, reinforced in the XII and XIII, destroyed bye Mongols and rebuilt by the Sheibanids. What survives is a section of the inner wall, all 13 km of which was intact when Alexander Burnes visited in the 1830.
Built of packed lay faced with adobe brick, it stood 11 metres high, tapering towards the top from its Passive base. Behind the battlements was a firing gallery, and rounded buttresses enabled defenders to pour lateral fire on an attacking force.

Chashma Ayub mausoleum in Bukhara.Chashma Ayub mausoleum in Bukhara.Brick fence Chashma Ayub mausoleum in Bukhara.Chashma Ayub mausoleum in Bukhara.

Authority:
V.G Saakov «History of Bukhara». Publishing house "Shark", 1996. «Bukhara. Masterpieces of the Central Asia». The historical guidebook across Bukhara. 2012. "Bukhoro. Bukhara" In the Uzbek, English and Russian languages. Publishing house "Uzbekistan", Tashkent 2000. Mukhammad Narkshakhi. History of Bukhara. Tashkent. 1897 (translator N.Lykoshina). V.G.Saakov  "Architectural masterpieces of Bukhara. A Bukhara regional society "Kitabhon" Uzbek SSR, Exactly 1991 Robert Almeev. "History of ancient Bukhara". (Under edition of the Academician of the Academy of sciences of Republic Uzbekistan of Rtveladze E.V.)

Photos
Alexander Petrov.