Unfinished Obelisk; Aswan was the source of Egypt‘s finest granite, a hard stone that the ancient Egyptians used for sculptures and to decorate temples and pyramids across the country. A massive abandoned obelisk may be seen in the Northern Quarries, about 1.5 kilometers from town and just across from the Fatimid Cemetery.
With the exception of the inscriptions, three sides of the shaft, which is about 42m long, have been finished. With a total weight of 1168 tonnes, the finished obelisk would have been the single biggest piece of stone ever fashioned by the Egyptians. A fault in the granite, on the other hand, was discovered at a late point in the procedure.
So it sits, still partially linked to the parent rock, where the dissatisfied stonemasons abandoned it, with no clue of what it was meant for.
As soon as you get to the quarry, you will see ancient pictographs depicting dolphins and ostriches or flamingos that are supposed to have been painted by quarry employees. When you first arrive at the quarry, you will see a ramp that leads down into the pit of the obelisk.
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