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Unfinished Obelisk Tours

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

In the heart of Nubia, tranquil, riverside Aswan is one of Egypt's most beautiful cities. This Aswan day tour covers highlights of the city both ancient and ...  Read more

Location: Aswan, Egypt
Duration: Flexible

From USD $62.50
Private Day Trip To Aswan From Marsa Alam, Marsa Alam, Full-day Tours
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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.

Location: Marsa Alam, Egypt
Duration: 12 hours (approx.)

From USD $173.33
Aswan, Edfu, and Kom Ombo Private Full-Day Tour from Luxor by Road and Rail, Luxor, Day Trips
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Aswan, Edfu, and Kom Ombo Private Full-Day Tour from Luxor by Road and Rail

Enjoy full Day Tour to Aswan from Luxor by Road in accompany of an Egyptologist tour guide, follow the Nile River and passing through farmland and traditional ...  Read more

Location: Luxor, Egypt
Duration: 13 to 15 hrs

From USD $99.00
Aswan Private Full-Day Tour from Luxor by Road, Luxor, Day Trips
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Aswan Private Full-Day Tour from Luxor by Road

Enjoy a full day Aswan sightseeing tour from Luxor by road accompanied by an expert local tour guide. Drive for about 4 hours along the Nile valley from Luxor ...  Read more

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

From USD $70.00
8-Night Luxury Tour from Cairo: Private or Small Group, Cairo, Day Trips
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8-Night Luxury Tour from Cairo: Private or Small Group

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Immerse yourself in the world of ancient Egypt on this private or small-group  8-night tour from Cairo. Stay in 5-star hotels, cruise from Luxor to Aswan on a ...  Read more

Location: Cairo, Egypt
Duration: 9 days (approx.)

From USD $1,329.00
Private Day Tour from Luxor to Aswan High Dam and Unfinished Obelisk and Philae, Luxor, Multi-day ... 
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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.)

From USD $125.00
Aswan Philae Temple, Unfinished Obelisk, and High Dam Private Half-Day Tour, Aswan, Private ... 
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Aswan Philae Temple, Unfinished Obelisk, and High Dam Private Half-Day Tour

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Explore the most famous sites of Aswan, on a private guided tour to the unfinished obelisk in the Granite Quarry, Aswan high dam and Philae Temple Island, as ...  Read more

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

From USD $45.00
5 Days 4 Nights Nile Cruise from Luxor to Aswan, Luxor, Half-day Tours
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5 Days 4 Nights Nile Cruise from Luxor to Aswan

One of the best ways to see Egypt is to take a trip on the River Nile. You can cruise between Luxor and Aswan and take in the beauty of the Nile Valley whilst ...  Read more

Location: Luxor, Egypt
Duration: 5 days (approx.)

From USD $338.00
5 days Nile cruise, Luxor, Multi-day Cruises
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5 days Nile cruise

4nights 5days Nile cruise from Luxor to Aswan Aswan - Kom Ombo - Edfu - Luxor #  Departures every Monday, Wednesday, Friday  Tour ...  Read more

Location: Luxor, Egypt
Duration: Flexible

From USD $930.00
Private Tour: 8 Days 7 Nights Pyramids and Nile Cruise by Air from Cairo, Cairo, Multi-day Cruises
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Private Tour: 8 Days 7 Nights Pyramids and Nile Cruise by Air from Cairo

4.5 star rating: Recommended 2 Reviews

Enjoy Egypt with 8 days, 7 nights Nile River Cruise. This tour begins when you meet your tour representative at the Cairo Airport. Stop in Cairo and visit the ...  Read more

Location: Cairo, Egypt
Duration: 8 days (approx.)

From USD $775.00

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