Many of the buildings house work shops like this joinery I photographed. The man made stair rods.
Despite the proximity to the main tourist area where the mosques and palaces are, the houses are virtually squatted in. Life is very tough for these people, the only heat in the bitterly cold winters come from coal fires, hence many of the buildings have burnt down, In the summer I would image they are baking hot.
This was the middle of the day but the streets are empty. but you can see what a 'done up' house looks like in the distance