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This gigantic semi-finished obelisk, dating from the New Kingdom, would have weighed a staggering 1,197 tons if completed.
Aswan, Egypt
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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

If it had been successfully extracted this would have been the largest single piece obelisk in the world, sadly a flaw in the stone brought work to an abrupt halt. The site does give an idea of the intense labour involved, the weight and hardness...More

Thank Patrick L
Reviewed 6 days ago

Located in the northern region of the stone quarries in Aswan, this unfinished obelisk offers unusual insights into ancient Egyptian stone-working techniques.

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Thankfully we had a very helpful and knowledgeable tour guide. He showed us the most important part, the Unfinished Obelisk, but also a few other spots on the property that we wouldn't have noticed without a guide.

Thank Eric L
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Be prepared for climbing a rough, winding track uphill to look at the unfinished obelisk. Aswan was the source for granite stone blocks for the Egyptian temples which was transported by barges during annual Nile flooding. You can also see ancient paintings of ancient flora...More

Thank selvakumar2015
Reviewed August 8, 2018

If you can visit in a season that is not too hot, I would not pass this up. The sheer size of this is just amazing... an insight into the massive engineering feats!

Thank Didi F
Reviewed July 30, 2018

absolutely a must if you like ancient history and misteries, you can explore peacefully the stone quarry

Thank Gato_06
Reviewed July 20, 2018

One of the first things we visited when we arrived in Aswan was the northern quarry, which contains an unfinished obelisk. Most of the granite that was used in ancient Egypt was mined from the quarries of Aswan and carried up the Nile on boats....More

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Reviewed June 29, 2018

This site is a quick visit if one would like to get a perspective on how the massive granite works in ancient Egypt were constructed. This massive piece was being worked on about 1500BC when it is believed to have been abandoned due to cracks...More

Thank CanNomad
Reviewed June 27, 2018

It was fascinating to see where some of the granite which built the temples came from. Imagining how they did it and their despair when the obelisk cracked really made the temples come alive for me. Again, having a guide to explain made it that...More

Thank Buckley1982
Reviewed June 21, 2018 via mobile

After visiting so many Ancient Egyptian sites, it was great to visit this quarry and learn a little about how they were all built. It is actually unbelievable how they were able to build all these great structures. Because the obelisk is unfinished it gives...More

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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
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