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Address: Aswan, Egypt
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This gigantic semi-finished obelisk, dating from the New Kingdom, would...

This gigantic semi-finished obelisk, dating from the New Kingdom, would have weighed a staggering 1,197 tons if completed.

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Private Day Tour from Luxor to Aswan High Dam and Unfinished Obelisk and Philae

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Egyptologists think that the unfinished obelisk (because it cracked) might have been destined for Queen Hatshepsut's temple near Luxor. It's fascinating to see how they cut these... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

How these amazing granite stones were cut, shaped and shipped down the Nile to Cairo is bewildering? Some weigh over 1000 tons! At the Unfinished Obelisk site in Aswan, you can see just how large these stones were, how the were shaped, and then cut for subsequent transport. It would be an amazing feat to move these blocks of stone... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Egyptologists think that the unfinished obelisk (because it cracked) might have been destined for Queen Hatshepsut's temple near Luxor. It's fascinating to see how they cut these giants and moved them around.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We had been in Egypt for 5 days by the time we went to see the unfinished obelisk and we had already visited the pyramids in Giza and several temples; thus, compared to the pyramids and temples, this unfinished obelisk was somewhat of a disappointment. It was much smaller than I had expected; however, it was fascinating to see how... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Its located inside the city of Aswan! There you learnt and understand how the obelisks were done and transported 4500 years ago!!!

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

A limestone quarry where an unfinished obelisk lay. If you are pressed for time, this can be missed as there isn’t much to see. Although for many of the standard sightseeing spots, the stops are all set and scheduled the same. My husband is a geologist so he enjoyed the unique variety of limestones but to a non-geologist like me,... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

There is not much to see here apart from a compound and an unfinished obelisk which is lying down in a big hole. I would have happy to leave it, there are many more better things to see and do in Egypt :-)

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

As this was one of our last stops after two weeks in Egypt we were underwhelmed. There are a couple of obelisks that were left due to cracks and you can see what the process of carving would have looked like but not much compared to other historic sites in Egypt.A short stop is all you really need here but... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We visited The Unfinished Obelisk, Aswan early in the day on route to see the High Dam. It was somewhat misty and cold. However the steep climb was rewarding to see the sight. It was an insight into how the ancient Egyptians cut into the hard rock and split it precisely. The original bore holes are clearly seen. The armed... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The unfinished obelisk is located in a quarry that the ancient Egyptians used as their source for obelisks in Luxor. It is not a walkable distance from city center even though the site is located near the cemetery behind the Nubian Museum. This visit was an excursion from Uniworld's Nile River cruise so our tour bus drove us there. It... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Certainly worth the visit to gain a perspective of how an obelisk was chosen and the method of quarrying it. The rocks surrounding it are also attractive.

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