Our History

Acheritou is a village in the Famagusta district. Located less than ten kilometers west of Famagusta and adjacent to the British Bases of Saint Nicholas or "four miles" as many call them.

The village is situated geographically where Kokkinohoria end and the plain of Mesaoria begins.That is why the ground presents a variety of rocks of various geological periods-before the Pliocene 7 to 2 million years ago, in the east of the village Pleistocene between 1.7 million and 10.000 years as the Holocene ie last geological period of the history of the earth, 10.000 years ago until today.

During the Turkish invasion of 1974 was occupied by the Turks on 31/8/1974.

For the name of the village there is no specific credible version, documented in any way. At times however,  the following has been said:

1) Nearchus Clerides in his book "Villages and State of Cyprus" writes that associated with the Phoenician name of Venus "Ashera".

2) Comes from the name of a feudal lord named Acheron or a woman without hands which dwelt in the village.

3) Probably named after the great hay production, as the village has always had farmers.

4) Named by "Acherousia Lake" mythology.

Further south is the current District St. George Acheritou where many people from Acheritou and refugees from the surrounding villages were installed.

After the tragic events of 1974, many residents of Acheritou took refuge in SEDIGEP packing plant which is in the S.B.A area. A group of volunteers from Acheritou with danger to their lives took two vans and went to Acheritou where they took all school equipment, desks, chairs, books etc and bought them back to SEDIGEP. A temporary school was set up with the help of the minister of education and refugee volunteers.

Later in 1976-1977, most people moved to the refugee Community of Ayios Georgios Vrysoulles as it was first named. Other went abroad and others places in the south of the island.The residents before the invasion were mainly farmers and agriculture. Over the years many resident now work in the tourist industry as hotel employees.

The communities population is currently (2012) 2.500 inhabitants.


Source: book Acheritou Adamos and Dimitris Papadopoulos Acheritou, (Larnaca 1990) Dimitris Papadopoulos