Unfinished Obelisk

visit Unfinished Obelisk

Carving grandiose monuments straight in the granite bedrock was among the many construction techniques of Ancient Egypt. Some 3,500 years ago, when cracks formed in its nearly impeccable fashion, one of these monolithic structures did not live to see light. Centuries later, it emerged to reclaim its promised eminence and became the iconic ‘Unfinished Obelisk’ of Aswan.

If completed, the monument would be the largest and heaviest obelisk in Egypt, weighing over 1,000 tons. It is one of several unfinished structures discovered in the quarries of Aswan, open to visitors as an open-air museum. Beyond its striking appearance, the obelisk provided valuable archeological insight. Also, it revealed the intricacies of Egyptian stoneworking.

Descend the stairs that lead to the obelisk’s pit, and you will see the traces of Egyptian mastery. Skillful hands once wandered on the resilient granite, shaping it into a one-piece monument. A sense of human presence emanates more intensely through the animal pictographs on the surrounding walls. These artistic images are the products of the pastime of workers. They liven up the site by putting a smile on every visitor’s face.

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