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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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  • Poor6%
  • Terrible2%
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“granite quarry” (21 reviews)
“solid rock” (5 reviews)
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Aswan, Egypt
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"granite quarry"
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"ancient egyptians"
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"solid rock"
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"old quarry"
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"red granite"
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"stone blocks"
in 4 reviews
"understand how"
in 9 reviews
"interesting insight"
in 4 reviews
"quick visit"
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"ancient times"
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"mind boggling"
in 4 reviews
"bring water"
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"short visit"
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"tour group"
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"nubian museum"
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"nile river"
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"crack"
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago 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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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Nothing exciting in this place. Just an unfinished obelisk on the ground. I only went because it was part of the tour

Thank Explorer2212
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Having seen a dozen obelisks in Cairo and Luxor (to say nothing of Paris and Central Park) this smacked us right in the head as we saw the quarrying of such an obelisk. It gave us an entirely new perspective of the ingenuity and perseverance...More

Thank NCFamilyGuy
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Reviewed 27 May 2018

This quarry was the main source of granite for all temples including the Obelisks found in most of the temples in Egypt. Aswan which has a large source of granite and situated at a higher altitude helped in transportation of the granite slabs to various...More

Thank raghu67
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Reviewed 20 May 2018 via mobile

We have viewed Egyptial oblequists all over the world. It was very interesting to see how they were crafted and made!

Thank Kevin P
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Reviewed 17 May 2018

I think visiting here in the winter would be more fun, due to the heat we never left the van but could see the obelisk from the street. May its far to hot to clamber over the rocks

Thank Mooncake1969
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Reviewed 14 May 2018

The famous ‘Unfinished Obelisk’ which still lay in the granite quarries of Aswan, which provided ancient Egypt with building materials is a must see event. It would have been the largest piece of stone ever handled, but when a crack was discovered it was abandoned...More

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Reviewed 11 May 2018

Compared to other temples and attractions closeby, this one is pretty average. Can skip it if you are short for time.

Thank Factfinder90
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David S
8 January 2018|
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Response from Nitesh P | 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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15 August 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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