Anargyroi
Community ID
 
4993
 
Alternate Names
 
Convent of Sts. Kosmas and Damian
 
Town
 
Constantinople
 
Dedication
 
Kosmas and Damian
 
Foundation Information
 

The name of the original patron of the monastery is unknown. A typikon existed for this original foundation, but that document is now lost (Anargyroi: Typikon of Theodora Palaiologina for the Convent of Sts. Kosmas and Damian in Constantinople, ch. 1).

The monastery was ruined during the Latin occupation of Constantinople and restored by Theodora Palaiologina along with the Convent of Lips. Theodora re-endowed the convent with properties in Constantinople and Thrace and reconstituted it as a convent. Theodora commissioned a typikon for the monastery (Introduction, Anargyroi: Typikon of Theodora Palaiologina for the Convent of Sts. Kosmas and Damian in Constantinople, p. 1287).

 
Population Counts
 

The typikon, written at the turn of the fourteenth century, specifies 30 nuns: 18 consecrated to hymnody and 12 for general duties (Anargyroi: Typikon of Theodora Palaiologina for the Convent of Sts. Kosmas and Damian in Constantinople, ch. 6).

 
Other Ecclesiastical Relations
 

The Convent of Lips and Anargyroi were independent convents, but they shared customs and their officials worked together on matters of mutual interest. They followed the provisions found in the typikon for the convent of Lips (Anargyroi: Typikon of Theodora Palaiologina for the Convent of Sts. Kosmas and Damian in Constantinople, ch. 5 & 7).

 
Patrons/Benefactors
 

Theodora Palaiologina requested that the nuns carry out commemorations for her family, ancestors, and descendants, but not to the lavish extent which they were carried out at Lips (Anargyroi: Typikon of Theodora Palaiologina for the Convent of Sts. Kosmas and Damian in Constantinople, ch. 30). In addition, they were to continue the commemorations the original founder laid out for himself (Anargyroi: Typikon of Theodora Palaiologina for the Convent of Sts. Kosmas and Damian in Constantinople, ch. 6).

 
Assets/Property
 

The original founder endowed the convent with properties, but these were lost during the Latin occupation (Anargyroi: Typikon of Theodora Palaiologina for the Convent of Sts. Kosmas and Damian in Constantinople, ch. 2).

After the Latin occupation, the Theodora describes the convent as being about to collapse. She walled it and donated gifts of property (Anargyroi: Typikon of Theodora Palaiologina for the Convent of Sts. Kosmas and Damian in Constantinople, ch. 1). She gifted properties in Thrace, at Oulas, and at Constantinople. The properties at Constantinople included farmland, land for pasture, and vineyards (Anargyroi: Typikon of Theodora Palaiologina for the Convent of Sts. Kosmas and Damian in Constantinople, ch. 4).

 
Architecture & Archaeology
 

The Nunnery of the Anargyres and the Atik Mustafa Pasha Mosque identifies the mosque of Atik Mustafa Camii with this foundation. Notes on the Atik Mustafa Pasa Camii in Istanbul and Its Frescoes reject Aran's thesis.