The rocky peak of the Stavry-Kaya Cliff climbs to 663 meters above sea level. The name is translated from Greek and Turkic as a “cross cliff”. A legend relates to a massive stone cross that was built by Taur, an extremely strong man who had lived here in the remote past. Taur had fallen ill after an unfortunate hunt, started losing his notorious strength and had grown very sad. His mother had been dying, and from the deathbed she had sent her weakened son to mountains for building a cross in the highest place. When the work had been accomplished the strength, vigor and good mood had returned to Taur. It had been his mother’s last will. The old woman had known this task would have cured her son: the mountains, hiking, fresh air and some work make miracles and keep people healthy.
By the way, the Stavry-Kaya Cliff is one of the highlights of the Botkinskaya Trail, also named as the Trail of Health.
Nowadays a wooden Orthodox cross is planted on the top of the cliff, from where the miraculous views open - Big Yalta, green mountains and the endless sea. If you follow the Taur’s example in the part of mountain climbing and do ascend the steep Stavry-Kaya Cliff, beware there are neither barriers nor roomy viewing platform at the top, so be very cautious and focused.
First of all, let me apologize for being so long in writing to THANK YOU for the superb organization of our wonderful stay in the Ukraine back in August. We have nothing but praise for the professional yet very friendly way in which everybody treated us and keep fond memories of all the people who helped make our stay so special!
I'd like to wish you in particular a Merry Christmas and a very happy New
Year! It's a shame we met for such a short time, but your invisible hand
was looking after us all throughout the trip and was instrumental and making
you country an unforgettable experience for us!
I'd also be most grateful if you could pass the message on to Alex in Kiev
who took such good care of us and to his charming wife Victoria whom we've
had the pleasure of meeting at our request.
Merry Christmas and once again Thanks for everything!