very close to
Delphi ( shrine of Gaia - then of Apollo - the Pythia - the navel of the World )
omphalos, a central or focal point. (From the ancient Greek word
for the navel, omphalos was the name of a sacred stone used to mark the
spot in the Temple of Apollo at Delphi that the ancient Greeks believed
was the center of the world. See oracle, Delphic, and python.) Encyclopaedia Britannica; Oxford Dictionary of Phrase and Fable; Zimmerman.
python / Pythoness, the Oracle at Delphi,
called the Pythia. (After the Python, the serpentine dragon sent by
Hera to terrorize Leto after Zeusimpregnated
her with twins Apollo and Artemis. To protect his mother, Apollo
tracked down the monster and killed it at the city of Delphi, where it
sought refuge with its mate, the monster Delphyne, after which Delphi,
believed by the Greeks to be the center of the world, got its name.
“Delphi’s ruins have been well preserved, . Because of the
intense archaeological interest in Delphi, the United Nations granted
it status as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1987” - Chapter 8. See Delphic and oracle.) Encyclopaedia Britannica; Graves; Hesiod, Theogony; Ovid.