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Address: Aswan, Egypt

This gigantic semi-finished obelisk, dating from the New Kingdom, would...

This gigantic semi-finished obelisk, dating from the New Kingdom, would have weighed a staggering 1,197 tons if completed.

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While this site is mentioned by guides as a seventh wonder of the world, it isn't a spectacular setting. It is fascinating and worth a visit for the historical significance

Reviewed 4 days ago
Gillian P
Cairo, Egypt
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Cairo, Egypt
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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

While this site is mentioned by guides as a seventh wonder of the world, it isn't a spectacular setting. It is fascinating and worth a visit for the historical significance

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Seattle, Washington
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Reviewed 1 week ago

hate to downplay what you see but this unfinished obelisk is in an abandoned workshop, Dolorite is an extremely hard stone. It looks like a flaw was discovered in the massive obelisk to be (137 feet, weighing about 1162 tons) and was left in the bedrock. Walk around; lots of ups/downs, sometimes a bit challenging to maneuver. It's hot; bring... More 

Thank Marion W
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

It is just an old granite quarry, but I found the visit very interesting. You get a good sense of what carving and transporting these huge blocks of stone required. You can reach it by taxi from Aswan. If you take a private tour to the dams and the Philae temple, this visit would (or should) be included

Thank Willie F
Buenos Aires, Argentina
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Obelisk is a carved in stone massive sculpture that lays unfinished. The location is extremely hot and there's nothing else to see right there. It's up to your guide's skills to make you interested about how they moved so large pieces and such

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Boulder, Colorado
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is not one of the most famous sites in Egypt but it has stayed with me as incredible. It is a stone hillside with an eight foot deep trench dug )that is the wrong word, chiseled or carved) into solid rock. You can see the process and understand how many thousands of hour of labor went into each component... More 

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

It is impressive to see what people 3-4000 years ago where able to do only with stone tools. An over 1000 tons block of stone cut and finished only with chuncks of rocks. It is almost unthinkable. A great experience

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Gatineau, Canada
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This site is interesting because you get to see how the ubiquitous obelisks in Egypt were manufactured and why so much stone in ancient Egyptian building came from Aswan. As is the habit in Egypt, the exit route takes you past a whole row of vendors, however the pressure here is nothing like what I experienced in Luxor.

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Chicago, IL
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

What made this site such a cool visit was the fact that you got to see how granite was quarried for some of the monuments and temples throughout Egypt. According to our guide, the obelisk we viewed was meant to replace the obelisk that had its tip broken at Karnak Temple in Luxor. If you've ever wanted to know how... More 

Thank appetite4trvl
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Reviewed 22 March 2017 via mobile

How these amazing granite stones were cut, shaped and shipped down the Nile to Cairo is bewildering? Some weigh over 1000 tons! At the Unfinished Obelisk site in Aswan, you can see just how large these stones were, how the were shaped, and then cut for subsequent transport. It would be an amazing feat to move these blocks of stone... More 

Thank feyms
San Diego, California
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Reviewed 19 March 2017

Egyptologists think that the unfinished obelisk (because it cracked) might have been destined for Queen Hatshepsut's temple near Luxor. It's fascinating to see how they cut these giants and moved them around.

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