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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 5 days ago via mobile

Short visit - we spent about 30 minutes here accompanied by Abu Sherif our excellent freelance guide organized by Excel Travels Place is very close to the corniche - can easily be covered in 30 minutes or so. Gives you a good sense of how...More

Thank PrakashC345
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This was meant to be the biggest obelisk in the world and was ordered by Hatshepsut. Unfortunately its size caused it to crack and so was left unfinished after 10 months of hard work.

Thank stefanprisacariu
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Amazing structure, unbelievable to learn the process of cutting and moving these large slabs. A few large steps to walk up when getting around but great to be able to get so close to see how the wood expands and separates it perfectly.

Thank Liliana O
Reviewed 12 September 2018 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 12 September 2018

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

Thank AdventureDiva
Reviewed 9 September 2018

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 17 August 2018

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 8 August 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 30 July 2018

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

Thank Gato_06
Reviewed 20 July 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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8 January 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
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