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Monday, April 15, 2013

The Unfinished Obelisk in Aswan

Located in a granite quarry in Aswan is the largest known ancient obelisk called the Unfinished Obelisk. It is said that obelisk was commissioned by Queen Hatshepsut. During the carving process, cracks appeared and the carving was abandoned. Had the obelisk been completed successfully, it would have been the heaviest obelisk ever at a weight of nearly 1100 tons.



The quarry has been cleared of debris and rubble and is open to public. There are wooden walkways and steps to guide you along the quarry. You can get a birds eye view from the viewing area at the end of the unfinished obelisk. There is nothing much to see here though. The site is not for people with mobility issues. There is no shade either to escape from the heat. You can skip this if you are short of time. According to me it is an over-rated attraction and a waste of time and money.


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