The area of Delphi – Chrisso
The village gets its name from the ancient location ‘Krisas’, named after Krisos, who was the son of Phocos of Aegina.
Located in the plains below Krisa was the Pythian hippodrome, where the famed Pythian games took place. The English captain William Martin Leake, who travelled around Greece in the early 19th century, claimed to have found remnants of the hippodrome when he visited the site.
Today Chrisso is a traditional village and a protected site. The houses have been refurbished and are surrounded by gardens and neoclassical buildings, which hint at the affluence earlier inhabitants acquired through the olive trade. In recent years, the area has been developed anew. The village includes traditional tavernas and two squares.
The main square at the center of the village is known for its plane (platanus) tree – which is many centuries old – as well as for its running waters. There are also many traditional churches made of stone in the village, the most notable of which is the small church of Agios Georgios, which is surrounded by the ancient walls of Krisa.