Crimean cave monasteries were established in the Middle Ages. They are still inhabited by monks hidden away from the world in the mountain gorges, amid the rocks, forests and ancient fortresses between Sevastopol and Bakhchisarai. Here, the present meets the long-standing traditions of the early Christians in Crimea.
The monastery, presumably founded in the 6th century, is located in Mariam-Dere (Maria gorge) near Bakhchisarai. In addition to the monastery complex, the grounds house a cemetery for soldiers killed during the Crimean War of 1853-1856, and a burial place for the Great Patriotic War heroes.