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.
The Monastery of Prophet Elias
The Monastery of the Prophet Elias is situated in a tranquil location northwest of Chrisso at an altitude of 400 meters. The view from the Monastery towards Amfissa’s olive groves and the gulf of Corinth is wonderful and unique. During the Revolution of 1821, the Monastery was used both as headquarters and for shelter by Greek freedom fighters. It was destroyed twice: in 1825 by the Turks and in 1942 by the Italians. Today the Monastery is a Convent and one of its main attractions is its wood-carved templon, created by the famous sculptor from Epirus, Anastasios Moschos. The templon depicts scenes from the Old and New Testaments and it is said that it took Moschos twenty years to complete it.
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