The Chashma beneath the fortress of Alexander the Great in Nurata

The Chashma beneath the fortress of Alexander the Great in Nurata

The complex of religious structures beneath the fortress of Alexander the Great in Nurata is known as the Chasma, all centering around the namesake spring. It is said to flow from the ground where the Prophet Mohammed’s son-in-law, Hazrat Ali, drove his staff, and you’ll join pilgrims from around the globe to be blessed by the mineral-infused water and witness the holy trout that inhabit it unhindered. Legend says that to eat the trout will result in a covering of white spots and subsequent death, so stick with the local plov. As in other holy places around Uzbekistan, you can tie a ribbon or piece of cloth on the trees and bushes near the chasma, and with every knot make a wish come true.

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