Elephantine Island (crs)
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This island in the middle of the Nile at Aswan is probably named after the large grey granite boulders which line the bank. Some attribute the name to the shape of the island. I personally think that the former is a better explanation. The island has archeological interest in that most of the pharaohs of the 5th dynasty(2495 - 2345 BC) came from here. There were several temples and a small pyramid on the island. Two of the temples were destroyed by the Ottoman government in 1822. There are 3 Nubian villages on the east side of the island. It was the center of the cult of Khnum, the ram headed god responsible for the creation on mankind and controller of the Nile's water level.
I spent a very pleasant afternoon sailing around the island.
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