From the top of the citadel, walk down the set of steps directly in front of you. When you reach the street to the street, turn left then first right and walk along Rue Rachid Rida. Take the first right and soon you'll see the 14th-century madrassas of Al-Machhad and Al-Shamsiyat , adjacent to the entrance of the Great Mosque. Opposite the entrance are two more 14th-century madrassas, Al-Khairiah Hassan and Al-Nouriyat.

The latter is still in use and has distinctive black-and-white stonework around its doors and windows, and a beautiful inlaid mihrab.