Northern Quarries

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Northern Quarries information

Aswan , Egypt
adult/student E£30/20
Opening hours
7am-4pm Oct-May, 8am-6pm Jun-Sep
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In the Northern Quarries about 1.5km from town opposite the Fatimid Cemetery, is a huge discarded obelisk . Three sides of the shaft, which is nearly 42m long, were completed except for the inscriptions. At 1168 tonnes, the completed obelisk would have been the single heaviest piece of stone the Egyptians ever fashioned. However, a flaw appeared in the rock at a late stage in the process. So it lies where the disappointed stonemasons abandoned it, still partly attached to the parent rock, with no indication of what it was intended for.