|Country||De jure Cyprus
De facto Northern Cyprus
|Cult(s) present||Holy Trinity|
|Relics held||Shroud of Joseph of Arimathea|
|Number of domes||2|
|Number of spires||1|
|Metropolis||Church of Cyprus|
The Acheiropoietos Monastery (Greek: Μονή Ἀχειροποίητου) in Lambousa near the village of Karavas in the Kyrenia District, was a medieval Byzantine Orthodox Monastery. The monastery is currently being used by the Turkish military as an encampment and warehouse.
According to tradition, the monastery took its name from an acheiropoietos (meaning made without hands), an icon believed to have been miraculously moved from its original location in Asia Minor by the Virgin Mary in order to save it from destruction due to the Turkish conquest. The Monastery was built in the 11th century on the foundations of a ruined 6th-century Christian church. Through the centuries, the constant rebuilding of the monastery has given the building different architectural styles of different time periods including early Christian, Byzantine, Lusignan, Gothic and Frankish. The present structure has two domes and a Gothic narthex.
The monastery soon gained prominence and eventually became the religious center of the region. The monastery was the headquarters of the Bishop of Lambousa who was one of the 15 Bishops on the island until 1222.
In 1735 the Russian Monk Vasily Barsky visited the monastery and noted that there were 9-10 monks on the premises.
In 1897 silver treasure which had once been used for Greek liturgical services dating from 6th or 7th century was found in the premises and was smuggled out of the island and is now in the British Museum in London.
By the 19th century, the number of monks had been reduced and by the 20th century the monastery did not have any monks.
- Darke, Diana (2008). North Cyprus : the Bradt travel guide (6th ed. ed.). Chalfont St. Peter: Bradt Travel Guides. p. 152. ISBN 9781841622446. "Just 200m beyond the headland to the west, you can see the little churches of Akhiropitos Monastery and Ayios Eulalios, now unfortunately firmly within a military camp."
- Dubin; Morris, Marc; Damien; Morris, researched by Marc Dubin ; with additional contribution from Damien (2002). Cyprus (4th ed. ed.). London: Rough Guides. p. 338. ISBN 9781858288635. Retrieved 9 February 2013. "The twelfth-century monastery of Akhiropiitos (Acheiropoiitos) can only be glimpsed from a distance, as it falls squarely within a Turkish army camp, its buildings used as storage depots."
- Kleidt, Ewald Hein, Andrija Jakovljević, Brigitte (1997). Cyprus : Byzantine churches and monasteries, mosaics and frescoes. Ratingen: Melina. p. 144. ISBN 9783929255157. Retrieved 9 February 2013. "Like other important Cypriot monuments, this monastery is also under the control of the Turkish military."
- "EARLY CHRISTIAN SITES, BYZANTINE / POST-BYZANTINE CHURCHES AND MONASTERIES, MEDIEVAL MONUMENTS". Department of Antiquities. Retrieved 9 February 2013.
- Documents: working papers, 2002 ordinary session (third part). Council of Europe: Parliamentary Assembly. 2002. p. 114. ISBN 9789287149688. Retrieved 9 February 2013.
- sel.; Pohlsander, ed. by Hans A. (2006). German texts: Turkish period (after 1800). Altamont, NY: Greece and Cyprus Research Center. ISBN 9781931226127.
- "Ancient Cyprus in the British Museum". The British Museum. Retrieved 9 February 2013.
- "Akhiropiitos Monastery,". A Guide for Residents and Visitors. Whatson-Northcyprus. Retrieved 9 February 2013.
- "Girne'deki Diğer Gezilecek Yerler:" (in Turkish). Retrieved 9 February 2013.
- "ΠΑΝΑΓΙΑ Η ΑΧΕΙΡΟΠΟΙΗΤΟΣ (ΛΑΠΗΘΟΥ ΚΥΠΡΟΣ)" (in Greek). Retrieved 9 February 2013. "Μετά την Τουρκική εισβολή στη Κύπρο το Μοναστήρι λεηλατήθηκε και μετατράπηκε σε στρατώνα του Τουρκικού Στρατού και παραμείνει έτσι μέχρι σήμερα."
- Turner Hutchinson; Cobham, Sir Joseph; Claude Delaval (1907). A handbook of Cyprus. Edward Stanford. p. 57. Retrieved 9 February 2013. "A silver treasure, found near the monastery of Acheiropoietos (Kyrenia) in 1897, and now in the British Museum, comprises a paten and basin, a lamp or censer, and 24 spoons, ascribed to the second half of the sixth or the beginning of the 7th century."
- "NOUVELLES DE JERUSALEM". NOUVELLES DE JERUSALEM (École Biblique et Archéologique Française) (83). January 2007. Retrieved 9 February 2013. "The subject intrigued the Patriarch because the treasure was a hoard of sixth century silver objects which had once been used in Greek liturgical services, and which may have been preserved for well over a thousand years in the Greek Orthodox monastery of Acheiropoietos on the northern coast of Cyprus before being smuggled illegally out of the island to the benefit of the British Museum in London."