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This gigantic semi-finished obelisk, dating from the New Kingdom, would have weighed a staggering 1,197 tons if completed.
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Aswan, Egypt
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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

If you’re travelling onto Luxor, well worth seeing how these huge objects are made, before you see a few fully completed ones at the Temple sites. The quarry gives you a real feel for the feat of engineering, scale and effort put in to these...More

Thank 159marting
Reviewed 6 days ago

After seeing all the other temples, tombs, pyramids and other statues, coming here to see the unfinished Obelisk really stopped me in my tracks. The questions kept running through my brain: "How, How, How?" did they do this. Seeing this quarry in its raw form...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

You need to do this visit with an Egyptologist to understand the significance of the site and how it was once connected to the Nile. Aswan is known for its granite and a tour through this quarry will provide an insight into how obelisk were...More

Thank StevefromNorthLakes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is a old granite quarry where they cut Obelisks and there is a nice video animation of how they may have cut these large obelisks with one block of stone and transported them on the Nile to Luxor and other locations. Currently there are...More

Thank Samosababa
Reviewed 1 week ago

I thought it might be a bit better than what it is. A bit of imagination needed along with a couple of good calf muscles to get you up there. The name says it all. It's a sqare cutting in a big piece of granite.

Thank Trevor W
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I was glad to have seen this, not much here, but it does give to more of an insight into the construction of everything and the mammoth task of cutting and transporting.

Thank Ruby_Zak_Issy
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Visited this quarry during a package with included tours The terrain is perilous to say the least and although important in archeological understanding of how these monuments were created, the tour wasn't in my opinion suitable for anybody not related to a mountain goat!

Thank Kim P
Reviewed 1 week ago

When visited with a good Egyptologist this rose granite quarry can help understand the genius that the ancients possessed. The process of identifying, cutting and transporting stone fascinates me and gives me an even greater appreciation for the works they left behind for us to...More

Thank Tim R
Reviewed 1 week ago

Interesting piece of history and introduction to ancient stonecutting technology. Be sure to read about diorite or have a guide explain its use in cutting granite.

Thank David B
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Here you can have an Idea of how they made those structures. Here while making this obelisk as it was broken so they left it as it is.

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David S
January 7, 2018|
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Response from NiteshP218 | Reviewed this property |
It’s an ancient historical site hence well guarded and protected by necessary equipment’s and personals. I would imagine with the help of local guides you can find queries around aswan but not at the site of unfinished... More
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August 15, 2016|
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Response from dottrz5 | Reviewed this property |
THB, I do not recall seeing anyone walking upon it. IIRC, it was cordoned off when I was there. But, truthfully, I don't recall. It was an uphill hike for a middle aged fat guy, I was probably too busy huffing and... More
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