Native name:
جزيرة الفنتين
Aswan, Elephantine, west bank, Egypt, Oct 2004.jpg
West bank of Elephantine Island on the Nile
Adjacent bodies of waterNile
Length1,200 m (3,900 ft)
Width400 m (1,300 ft)
Elephantine is located in Egypt
Elephantine Island in the Nile,
at Aswan, Upper Egypt.

in hieroglyphs
View south (upstream) of Elephantine Island and Nile, from a hotel tower.

Elephantine (-/ TEE-;[1] Ancient Egyptian: ꜣbw; Egyptian Arabic: جزيرة الفنتين‎, translit. Gazīrat il-Fantīn; Greek: Ἐλεφαντίνη; Coptic: (Ⲉ)ⲓⲏⲃ) is an island on the Nile, forming part of the city of Aswan in Upper Egypt. There are archaeological sites on the island.


Verdant Euphantine Island, opposite Assuan, Egypt", 1908. Lantern slide. Brooklyn Museum
Island of Elephantine (Egypt) - Edwin Howland Blashfield. Brooklyn Museum

Elephantine is 1,200 metres (3,900 ft) from north to south, and is 400 metres (1,300 ft) across at its widest point. The layout of this and other nearby islands in Aswan can be seen from west bank hillsides along the Nile. The island is located just downstream of the First Cataract, at the southern border of Upper Egypt with Lower Nubia. This region above is referred to as Upper Egypt because it is further up the Nile.

The island may have received its name after its shape, which in aerial views is similar to that of an elephant tusk, or from the rounded rocks along the banks resembling elephants.

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العربية: إلفنتين
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