The divine Church of the Theotokos of the Kiev Cave Monastery was founded in the year 1073.
This is the story of how the church painters came from Constantinople to the superior Nikon of Kiev Caves to paint the Church.
Some icon painters came to the superior Nikon from the God-guarded city of Constantine and said, "Bring those two who contracted for our services. We want to discuss with them. They showed us a small church, and on that basis we agreed to decorate it in front of many witnesses, but this church is very large. Here, take back your gold, and we shall go back to Constantinople." The superior replied; "What sort of people were they who made this agreement with you?". The painters described the likeness and appearance of the people who summoned them and they mentioned the names “Antonij” and “Feodosij”. The superior said to them, "My sons, we cannot show you these men; they departed this world ten years ago. They pray for us without ceasing and constantly keep watch over this church, and protect their monastery and take thought for those who are in it."