So to pick up where we left Ibn Battuta in what is now the Street of the Dead - and the tomb of Qutham ibn Abbas, which is still very much there.
“The people of Samarqand go out to visit it on the eve of every Tuesday and Friday, and the Tatars too come and visit it and make large votive offerings to it bringing to it cattle and sheep, dirhams and dinars all of which is devoted to the expenditure for the maintenance of travelers and the servitors of the hospice and the blessed tomb. The latter is sumounted by a dome resting on four pilasters each of which is combined with two marble columns, green, black, white and red. The walls of the cell beneath the cupola are of marble inlaid with different colors and decorated with gold and its roof made of lead. The tomb itself is covered with planks of ebony inlaid with gold and jewels and with silver cornerpieces; above it are three silver lamps. The hangings of the dome are of wool and cotton.....”