The unfinished obelisk
is located in the northern region of the stone quarries of ancient Egypt in Aswan. It is the largest known ancient obelisk and is estimated to be about 137 feet (42 meters) tall and weigh around 1,200 tons. The obelisk, if completed, would have been a remarkable example of ancient Egyptian monumental architecture.
The unfinished obelisk provides valuable insights into the ancient quarrying and carving techniques used by the ancient Egyptians. It is believed that the obelisk was abandoned during its construction due to a flaw or crack that occurred in the granite stone, making it impossible to complete. The obelisk remains in its original quarry, offering a unique opportunity to see the intricate details and workmanship that went into creating such monumental structures.
Visitors to Aswan can visit the unfinished obelisk and witness firsthand the scale and grandeur of this ancient monument. The site allows visitors to appreciate the size and ambition of ancient Egyptian construction projects. It serves as a reminder of the impressive engineering and craftsmanship of the ancient Egyptians.