Ancient Kirra

The ruins of ancient Kirra have been identified by the archaeological research at the point that is situated the modern town of Kirra.

The ancient town of Kirra is one of the oldest of Greece: traces of habitation of the area first appeared in the early Greek period (3200-2000 BC), evolved in Middle Helladic times (2000-1600 BC) and declined in Late Greek period (1600-1100 BC), as it is evidenced by the findings of the archaeological research in the region.

The ancient Kirra was a great port for Delphi, but the constant conflict between the two cities, led to the ten-year war that ended in 590 BC with its complete destruction. An important role was played during the Byzantine times, monuments which survive till today (baptistery, baths, medieval tower).

Findings have been found from the ancient shrine of Kirra. Clay tributes piled in front of the building, figurines, female busts, sculpted tables and innumerable vessels from the late 6th century B.C. to the middle of the 4th century B.C.

Homer mentions the ancient Kirra as Krissa, while at the end of the 19th century, when it created the original form of the modern city, it is called Xeropigado.

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