Unfinished Obelisk in Aswan

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In September 2020, a team of archeologists from Egypt and Italy made a startling discovery in the ancient city of Aswan. Buried beneath the sand, they found an unfinished obelisk. This massive piece of granite would have been over 140 feet tall if completed, making it the tallest ancient obelisk ever found which become an important landmark in Egypt tours. It’s likely that work on the obelisk was abandoned due to cracks that appeared in the stone as it was being carved. The discovery of this unfinished obelisk has shed new light on the methods used by ancient Egyptians to quarry and transport stone. It also raises questions about why such a massive obelisk was never completed. In this blog post, we will explore what we know so far about the unfinished obelisk in Aswan and why it's important to visit it with the rest of the Aswan day tours.

The Unfinished Obelisk in Aswan

The Unfinished Obelisk in Aswan is one of the most mysterious and fascinating ancient monuments in all the attractions of Egypt tour packages. It is an unfinished obelisk that was carved out of a single piece of granite. The monument was probably intended to be placed in the Temple of Karnak, but it was never finished and was abandoned in the quarry where it was found in Aswan, you can visit it in a day tour to the Unfinished Obelisk in Aswan.

The Unfinished Obelisk is the largest known ancient monument in Egypt. It is over 120 feet long and weighs over 1,200 tons. The obelisk is incomplete, with only the lower half being finished. It is believed that the monument was abandoned due to cracks that developed in the granite as it was being carved. It’s a rich experience that is full of discovery of history and the architectural side of the ancient Egyptians that you will see during the visits of Egypt classical tours.

The Unfinished Obelisk provides a unique insight into the methods used by the ancient Egyptians to quarry and transport stone for their monuments. It is believed that this method was used to transport other large stones for use in pyramids and temples. This idea sparked many questions, which led to many Egyptian myths about the Unfinished Obelisk which will be interesting to know with our Egyptologists in Egypt luxury tours.

Who Built the Unfinished Obelisk?

The Unfinished Obelisk is one of the most curious pieces of ancient Egyptian architecture. It is an incomplete obelisk that was probably meant to be the tallest in the world. When construction was abandoned, it was left unfinished and still lying in its quarry in Aswan waiting for your visit through your budget tours in Egypt.

We do not know who designed or commissioned the Unfinished Obelisk. However, we do know that it was most likely intended for Pharaoh Hatshepsut, who ruled Egypt from 1479-1458 BCE. She was a great builder and her reign saw many impressive construction projects, including the temple at Karnak and the mortuary temple of Hatshepsut at Deir el-Bahri. The Unfinished Obelisk may have been meant to be part of her funerary complex at Deir el-Bahri. Whatever its location, it will remain the most important discovery of Aswan attractions.

It is also possible that the Unfinished Obelisk was commissioned by her successor, Pharaoh Thutmose III (ruled 1458-1425 BCE). He was another great builder and oversaw many construction projects, including the expansion of Karnak and Luxor Temples that you will visit on our Luxor day tours. It is possible that he ordered the obelisk to be built as part of his own funerary complex.

Whoever commissioned the Unfinished Obelisk, it is clear that it would have been an incredible feat of engineering. At over 42 meters (140 feet) tall, it would have been the tallest obelisk ever built and twice as tall as any that already existed. See its great size by adding this attraction to your Egypt day trips.

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