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Aswan: The Unfinished Obelisk

The unfinished obelisk, near Aswan
The unfinished obelisk can be seen on the ground in this quarry

 

Some of Egypt's ancient relics were hewn out of a single block of stone. At a quarry near Aswan an obelisk was carved out, prior to being transported to its final destination, probably via the Nile. Unfortunately, the block cracked before the obelisk was finished and the half-complete project still sits embedded in the rock.

The site is quite hot as the sun reflects from the whitish rocks, and there is little to see apart from the obelisk itself. It is nevertheless interesting to see the techniques used to create massive structures thousands of years ago.

 

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