Unfinished Obelisk
Unfinished Obelisk
3.5
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This gigantic semi-finished obelisk, dating from the New Kingdom, would have weighed a staggering 1,197 tons if completed.
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  • newflyer
    Bridgeport, Connecticut1,223 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Not worth walking all the way up to see this
    I was tired and it was very hot when I went to this site so I did not walk all the way around it, which was a considerable distance for someone with mobility issues. I just saw it from the area where you walk in. Since I did not walk all the way around I am not sure what else you will see, but I was happy to have just seen it laying down.
    Visited July 2023
    Written 8 August 2023
  • Lucian M
    Constanta, Romania2,477 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Precious for archaeologists and researchers
    The Aswan quarry was widely used in ancient Egypt. Red, gray and black granite used for ancient constructions was extracted from here. The unfinished obelisk is famous nowadays. It remained on site, in the quarry, and can be seen by visitors. The cutting of the obelisk was ordered by Hatshepsut. They were supposed to form a pair at Karnak Temple with another obelisk. The unfinished obelisk, if completed and put in place, would have been the largest in its time – it would have had a height of 41.75 m and a weight of almost 1090 tons. Workers began cutting the obelisk directly into the rock, but as the work progressed, at some point, cracks appeared in it, and the project was abandoned. The unfinished obelisk is precious to archaeologists and researchers, providing information on the working technique and tools used.
    Visited June 2023
    Written 26 August 2023
  • ToC535
    Hong Kong, China135 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A must visit place in Aswan
    You always see a stand up Obelisk in Egypt , but this one is special. If you understand the history here , you would like to revisit this place as this is so meaningful. I recommend this is a MUST visit place in Aswan with duration around 2 hrs incl interesting bazzar outside.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 9 October 2023
  • Hkrau1
    120 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Kinda Meh
    In all fairness, it was 114 degrees fernheight the day we went, and our tour guide wasn't interested in being there. But it's literally a granite quarry with a large cracked oblix. It was interesting to see because of its sheer magnitude but would not recommend as a must do.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 10 October 2023
  • Arthur M
    Hamilton, Canada1,498 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    The scale of the obelisk is so massive that one cannot get a good angle of the entire obelisk.
    Didn't know that Aswan is the source of the stones being used in Egyptian temples! That was a nice fact to know! And the concrete proof of that is this unfinished obelisk. There are cracks close to the top of the obelisk, but the scale of the obelisk is pretty massive that you can't get a good picture of the obelisk. It will end up being just a giant concrete slab when taken from the bottom or the side, or a diamond shape at the top. But regardless, the fact that Aswan was the quarry for the stones in temples was pretty mind-blowing in itself. The layout of this attraction is very haggler-friendly. Shops line up toward the exit, waiting for the overzealous vendors to pounce on you the second you pass by in front of their store. Just learn to ignore them and you'll be fine.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 24 November 2023
  • Phi G
    2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    a fascinating example of the prowess of Egyptian artisans
    very impressive. we understand better how the Egyptian monuments were made. rudimentary technology in our eyes was absolutely no obstacle to achieving great things. extract and shape rocks weighing several hundred tons and transport them hundreds of km.!!
    Visited January 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 27 January 2024
  • LAMMER13
    Rochester Hills, Michigan334 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Nice, but not a “must see”
    The history of this massive obelisk is fascinating. There is evidence of how the Egyptians created precise cuts in the granite. The granite in this quarry was the source of many of the Egyptian temples. It was transported via boats on the Nile. It’s difficult to get the entire unfinished obelisk in a single photo. There are too many other interesting things to see in Aswan. This is a worthwhile visit only if you’ve covered the key sights of Aswan already.
    Visited February 2024
    Travelled solo
    Written 25 February 2024
  • PeterBarras
    Menai, Australia742 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Good, but not essential
    I enjoyed it, but if you are short of time then there are better things to see around Aswan. It is impressive the size and you get an idea of how they did it. Be aware though there are guards around who want to take you on a tour and expect a decent tip
    Visited January 2024
    Travelled with friends
    Written 21 March 2024
  • Susan C
    Melbourne, Australia1,489 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    How to make an Obelisk
    This is a chance to see an obelisk in the making with three sides completed then left in the ground when it developed the crack that ruined it. Tool marks and ancient steps can be seen around it. It doesn't take long to view it but the commentary from our guide from Memphis Tours made it interesting and clarified many points. It may not be as impressive as an erected finished obelisk but this is an unique experience to understand their engineering.
    Visited February 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 31 March 2024
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čučoriedka
Greater London, UK38 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Friends
Interesting site. You need roughly 30 minutes to see the whole thing.
Tickets are 200 egp. Toilets available by the exit.
I don’t think the guide is necessary. Do your own research beforehand.
Written 13 April 2024
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Susan C
Melbourne, Australia1,489 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
This is a chance to see an obelisk in the making with three sides completed then left in the ground when it developed the crack that ruined it. Tool marks and ancient steps can be seen around it. It doesn't take long to view it but the commentary from our guide from Memphis Tours made it interesting and clarified many points. It may not be as impressive as an erected finished obelisk but this is an unique experience to understand their engineering.
Written 31 March 2024
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PeterBarras
Menai, Australia742 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Friends
I enjoyed it, but if you are short of time then there are better things to see around Aswan.

It is impressive the size and you get an idea of how they did it.

Be aware though there are guards around who want to take you on a tour and expect a decent tip
Written 21 March 2024
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cdandoy
Gilbert, AZ1,257 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Friends
Not what I was expecting but neat to see and learn about it. Definitely a walk up to see it. Be careful with your footing. I truly thought it was erected so nice surprise to see what unfinished meant.
Written 13 March 2024
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LAMMER13
Rochester Hills, MI334 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Solo
The history of this massive obelisk is fascinating. There is evidence of how the Egyptians created precise cuts in the granite. The granite in this quarry was the source of many of the Egyptian temples. It was transported via boats on the Nile. It’s difficult to get the entire unfinished obelisk in a single photo. There are too many other interesting things to see in Aswan. This is a worthwhile visit only if you’ve covered the key sights of Aswan already.
Written 25 February 2024
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Phi G
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Couples
very impressive. we understand better how the Egyptian monuments were made. rudimentary technology in our eyes was absolutely no obstacle to achieving great things. extract and shape rocks weighing several hundred tons and transport them hundreds of km.!!
Written 27 January 2024
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Ankit M
New York City, NY22 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Family
It’s pretty pricy for what you get to see. There is just one obelisk and nothing else here. Skip it if you want to save time and money
Written 21 December 2023
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Arthur M
Hamilton, Canada1,498 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Solo
Didn't know that Aswan is the source of the stones being used in Egyptian temples! That was a nice fact to know! And the concrete proof of that is this unfinished obelisk. There are cracks close to the top of the obelisk, but the scale of the obelisk is pretty massive that you can't get a good picture of the obelisk. It will end up being just a giant concrete slab when taken from the bottom or the side, or a diamond shape at the top.

But regardless, the fact that Aswan was the quarry for the stones in temples was pretty mind-blowing in itself.

The layout of this attraction is very haggler-friendly. Shops line up toward the exit, waiting for the overzealous vendors to pounce on you the second you pass by in front of their store. Just learn to ignore them and you'll be fine.
Written 24 November 2023
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must_travel_soon_10
Mississauga, Canada1,808 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Friends
If time allows, this abandoned obelisk is amazing. You get a sense of what it took to quarry the existing obelisks and marvel at how they might been transported.
Written 6 November 2023
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MF018
The Woodlands, TX475 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
Almost a waste of time. Had to climb 120 steps under a Sun of 42C to see a piece of granite unfinished. If you want to save your energy this is a waste of time.
Written 30 October 2023
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