Unfinished Obelisk, Aswan

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Ruin · Historic Site
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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  • When you see the finished product in Luxor and other places its so worth it to have seen one as a work in process.  more »
  • My first thoughts when my guide took me here was why?!  However when you realise the importance you will see why.  Although it is unfinished, it provides an insight into how these monuments were...  more »
  • 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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