The mountain is named after the Pontus ceasar Mithridates VI of Pontus. As the ruler of the Kingdom of Bosporus for a long time he stood up to the great Roman Empire until he was deceived by his own son. After a long siege of Panticapaeum he tried to kill himself several times until finally was killed by the leader of his own guardsmen.
From the top of the mountain spreads a scenic outlook across the strait and the city of Kerch. Sometimes it is possible to see the Caucasus shore. In XIX century on the top of the mountain was erected a museum that look as the Greek temple, but it was destroyed during the Crimean war. In 1944 the monument of Glory was built to commemorate the soldiers that fought for Kerch in the World War II.