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Unfinished Obelisk

The Unfinished Obelisk is a huge discarded granite obelisk. Three sides of the shaft, which is nearly 138 feet (42m) long, were completed except for the inscriptions. At 1,168 tonnes, the completed obelisk would have been the single heaviest piece of stone the Egyptians ever fashioned. However, a crack appeared in the rock at a late stage in the process. So it lies where the disappointed stonemasons abandoned it, still partly attached to the parent rock, with no indication of what it was intended for. It does give us an excellent insight into how these massive stone sculptures were made however.

Upon entering the quarry, steps lead down from the surrounding ramp into the pit of the obelisk where there are ancient pictographs of dolphins and ostriches or flamingos, thought to have been painted by workers at the quarry.

Practical Info

No service taxis run past the site, but you can get one to the junction on Sharia al-Haddadeen and then walk (about 10 minutes). You can also walk through Fatimid Cemetery to get to it.

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Private Day Trip To Aswan From Marsa Alam

This day tour is a private journey from Marsa Alam to Aswan visiting a collection of the best archaeological sites in Aswan.

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Duration: 12 hours (approx.)

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Day Tour to Aswan from Luxor by Road

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Location: Luxor, Egypt
Duration: 1 day (approx.)

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Aswan Sightseeing Tour from Luxor by Road

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Location: Luxor, Egypt
Duration: 1 day (approx.)

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Aswan Day Tour Visiting Philae Temple Unfinished Obelisk and High Dam in Aswan

Day tour in Aswan visiting the highlights of Aswan as the High Dam, the Unfinished Obelisk and Philae Temple. Includes pickup and drop off transfers from ...  Read more

Location: Aswan, Egypt
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Location: Aswan, Egypt
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

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Private Tour from Aswan to Philae Temple and Unfinished Obelisk

On this private tour of the Aswan region, explore at the High Dam, marvel at the Unfinished Obelisk, and experience the allure of the Temple of Philae, all as ...  Read more

Location: Aswan, Egypt
Duration: 5 hours (approx.)

From USD $74.00
Private Day Tour from Luxor to Aswan High Dam and Unfinished Obelisk and Philae, Luxor, Private ... 
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Private Day Tour from Luxor to Aswan High Dam and Unfinished Obelisk and Philae

Enjoy a day tour to the amazing High Dam, this engineering masterpiece was built to protect Egypt from annual floods from the River Nile. Then proceed on to ...  Read more

Location: Luxor, Egypt
Duration: 1 day (approx.)

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Location: Aswan, Egypt
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

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Private Tour: Philae Temple, Aswan High Dam and Unfinished Obelisk

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Take a private tour to explore three of Aswan most popular and well known sites. Walk on the High Dam which separates Lake Nasser from the Nile, be astounded ...  Read more

Location: Aswan, Egypt
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $50.00
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Private Tour: High Dam and Unfinished Obelisk

Take a private tour to see a modern and an ancient engineering marvel in Aswan when you visit the High Dam and Unfinished Obelisk. See two of Egypt's ...  Read more

Location: Aswan, Egypt
Duration: 2 hours (approx.)

From USD $25.00

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