The monastery is created in 1524 grand duke Vasily Ivanovichem in memory of joining to Russia ancient Russian city of Smolensk (1514), more than hundred years belonging to the Lithuanian princedom. It is located between the Moskva River and the Maiden field, opposite to mountains Vorobyovyh, on meeting place and wires of a wonder-working icon of Smolensk Divine Mother Odigitrii. It was under construction as an advanced post on approaches to Moscow and supervised ford through the river.

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