Locations that have been regarded as the Center of the World / Axis Mundi / Omphalos (Navel of the World)
|Aksum||Stelae of the Aksumite Empire|
|Archaeological Site of Delphi|
|Fujisan||Japan's highest mountain, Mount Fuji, has long symbolized the world axis in Japanese culture (wiki)|
|Kilimanjaro National Park|
|Mahabodhi Temple Complex|
|Old City of Jerusalem|
|Rome||Umbilicus urbis Romae, a structure in the Roman Forum from where all the Roman roads parted.|
|Tak'alik Ab'aj||"The design and placement of the largest monumental building on the site – Structure 5.... – is based on a “cosmogram,” a geometric figure depicting the universe wherein the arrangement of the buildings follows a main east-west alignment, the intersection of which with a north-south axis is the “Ombligo-Mux” (“navel,” “mux” in the indigenous Mam language) as a central point or axis mundi for the city" (AB ev)|
|Teotihuacan||"Sun Pyramid was the axis mundi for Teotihuacan culture, a space from which celestial and underworld levels were accessed symbolically."|
|Vatican City||St. Peter's Basilica|
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