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Tomb of Asaf ibn Barkhiya

The Asaf ibn Barkhiya Mausoleum

At the southeastern foot of the sacred mountain Sulaiman-Too there is a well-known place of Muslim pilgrimage - the Mausoleum of Asaf ibn Burkhiya. The mausoleum was named after the vizier of King Suleiman, who, according to legend, bequeathed to bury himself at the foot of this mountain.\n\nThe mausoleum of Asaf ibn Burkhiya was built in the 18th century in the traditions of the Fergana architectural school. During its existence, the building was repeatedly restored at the expense of wealthy citizens of Osh and Andijan. Scientists, not without reason, believe that on the site of the mausoleum there used to be an earlier religious building dating back to about the 10th-12th centuries.\n\nBe that as it may, today the Mausoleum of Asaf ibn Burkhiya is one of the oldest monuments preserved in Osh. This is a rectangular portal-dome structure 7.3x9.59 meters. The corners of the building, as is customary in Islamic architecture, are oriented to the cardinal points. The dome with a diameter of 4.4 meters rests on an octagonal drum. The interior has an octahedral shape with a side length of 2.11 to 2.23 meters. Special beauty highlights the portal-dome niche of the mausoleum. The upper part of the portal ends with teeth in the form of a stylized trefoil. Decorative columns are installed along its edges. The entire entrance niche is decorated with complex stucco decor.\n\nIn 1999-2000s. as part of the celebration of the 3000th anniversary of Osh, the dome of the mausoleum was partially restored. In 2013, work began on the restoration of the upper part of the mausoleum, the windows of the dome, the restoration of the original design of the facade and interior decoration.