Unfinished Obelisk, Aswan

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#3 of 10 in Historic Sites in Aswan
Consider the scale of ambition of those who worked on Unfinished Obelisk, the largest known obelisk of the ancient world. If finished, the obelisk would have stood at around 42 m (137 ft) tall. Carved directly from the bedrock, the project was abandoned when the obelisk began to crack. As you marvel at the artwork, evocative just as much for its incompleteness as it is for its scale, notice the tool marks left by ancient carvers. Plan to see Unfinished Obelisk and other attractions that appeal to you using our Aswan travel route planning site .
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  • The visit to the unfinished obelisk was part of the tour's itinerary. The large piece of stone is located at the top of an elevation of land, and has not aroused me interest in seeing it closely, nor at least for a simple photo. I didn't want to wear a steep climb, either. Egypt has fabulous monuments and much more important to be seen and admired. It's not worth the price of admission.
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  • This is where all the Red Granite used in all the temples and tombs in Egypt came from. You can still see the marks of the drills and wedges used to get out the stone. Highlight is the unfinished Obel...  more »
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  • Interesting piece of history. It's pretty awesome to see unfinished work that gives insights into how Egyptians made their obelisks. Alien theories be damned. Place is small and can be finished within 15 minutes
  • It was an amazing experience here! First, they showed us an English video of how the Obelisks were made and a brief background about this unfinished one. They've also kept there a few stones, the likes of which were used back then to carve out the Obelisks (we can take it in hand and get the try to get the real experience of how the actual work would have looked like back then!) which were used as tools to carve out.
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