It is the largest island in Aswan. Since the Old Kingdom, the island has been considered a sacred place where god Khnum, who was the potter dedicated to the fabrication of the humans and their souls, lived. The island was always being considered a strategic site for all the Pharaohs as it was controlling access to Egypt from the First Cataract. Around the island, we can find elephant-shaped granite rocks, which provided the island with its name. On many of these rocks, we can see Cartouches and inscriptions of Aswan governors, confirming the Egyptian authority over these domains. The ancient name of the Island was Yabu, which means elephant in the Old Egyptian language. The site is very beautiful with many small monuments like the Nilometer, The Ruins of the Temple of Khnom, and a small Museum.
The Ruins of Khnum Temple At Elephantine Island
It is believed to have been built by Queen Hatshepsut of the 18th Dynasty. It lies on the south side of Elephantine Island. Khnum was one of the important gods of Ancient Egypt who, although not reaching the rank of a national god, was considered the manufacturer of man. In his circle of a potter, h