The Madrasa al-Othmaniya is located in the northern Bab al-Nasr district of Aleppo's old city. It was established by Ottoman Pasha Al-Duraki in 1730 and was originally named Madrasa Rida'iya. The madrasa, which includes a mosque, boasts one of the tallest minarets in Aleppo, built in the traditional Ottoman pencil-shaped style. It is centered on a large courtyard with small garden plots. Two iwans and a prayer hall covered with domes grace the northern and southern sides of the courtyard. This madrasa was an active institution for religious studies in the eighteenth century with the forty-two cells that line the eastern and western sides of the large courtyard. The northern part of the madrasa was demolished in to the mid-twentieth century during the construction of the east-west axis, Shar'i al-Sijn (Prison Street).
Burns, Ross. Monuments of Syria, 42-43. London: I.B. Tauris & Co Ltd., 1992.