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unfinished obelisk aswanThe unfinished obelisk in Aswan is a must see attraction, it is located just in the heart of one of the old reddish granite quarries that the ancient Egyptian used to cut stone and make obelisks from. The site itself is a breathtaking spot because of the ancient marks of cutting stones and the chance it gives to your imagination to relive the past and see the process of making an obelisk. It is an obelisk in the middle of the site that was left unfinished by the pharaohs due to cracks occurred during the cutting process that forced them to leave it uncompleted. There is no cartouches on the body of the left obelisk or even any ancient hieroglyphics indicating to whom it belongs, scholars say it dates back to the time of Queen Hatshepsuet just because of the history of the queen building the largest obelisk at the Karnak temples in Luxor. An obelisk is made of one single piece of granite stone, cut directly from its bed rock and taken straight to a temple. The process of cutting an obelisk is just as so hard as transferring it. At first, an outline is precisely drawn at a width of at least 75 cm. to max. of one meter and goes as deep as the required width of the obelisk itself, this width of the outline is to let the size of a worker goes inside to enable him continue the digging work underneath the obelisk. Drilling cylindrical were made first and filled with wood as water was poured into it to expand and make the pre-digging cracks for the easier beginning. The bottom side of the obelisk is the last touched part after finishing the other three sides.

If the unfinished obelisk was finished, it would have measured around 42 m (approximately 137 feet) and would have weighed nearly 1,200 tons.


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