The Unfinished Obelisk
Much of the red granite used for ancient temples and colossi
came from quarries in the Aswan area. Around these quarries are
many inscriptions, many of which describe successful quarrying
The Unfinished Obelisk located in the Northern Quarry still lies
where a crack was discovered as it was being hewn from the rock.
Possibly intended as a companion to the Lateran Obelisk,
originally at Karnak but now in Rome, it would have weighed over
2.3 million pounds and would have been the worlds largest piece
of stone ever handled.
However, a crack in the stone occurred, which caused it to be
Tools left by it's builders have given us much insight into how
such work was performed.
The site has recently been renovated and equipped with tourist
facilities. Nearby is the Fatimid Cemetery.