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Unfinished Obelisk
Unfinished Obelisk

Unfinished Obelisk

Free admission
Sheyakhah Oula, Aswan

The basics

Close to other top sites including the Nubian Museum and Elephantine Island, the Unfinished Obelisk is often a stop on tours covering a number of area attractions. In the quarry, you’ll see uncut stone that ancient workers turned into monuments, but the main attraction is the Unfinished Obelisk itself. Look for the cracks at the base of the obelisk, which are thought to be the reason construction was halted

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Aswan Day Tour Visiting Philae Temple, Unfinished Obelisk and High Dam in Aswan
Aswan Day Tour Visiting Philae Temple, Unfinished Obelisk and High Dam in Aswan
star-4.5
$65.00 per adult
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Excellent tour!
The tour was excellent and the guide was very knowledgeable. Would highly recommend this tour if you are in Aswan.
Michael, Jan 2022

Recent reviews from experiences in Aswan

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Peter guided us through...
Chiara_M, Oct 2021
Aswan Day Tour Visiting Philae Temple, Unfinished Obelisk and High Dam in Aswan
Peter guided us through the Unfinished Obelisk, the High Dam and the Philae Temple. He's a great guide, and he answered all our (numerous) questions.. He did his best to accommodate our wishes, and we really recommend him! The car was comfy and clean and the driver wrote very safely!
star-5
Book with Mary, she was great!
Alexis_V, Dec 2021
Aswan Day Tour Visiting Philae Temple, Unfinished Obelisk and High Dam in Aswan
Mary was a great tour guide. She was very nice and accommodating and did a great job with practicing a Covid safe tour. Would definitely recommend her. We needed to get a PCR test to come back home and she took us to the facility and then waited 30 minutes with us to make sure everything went smoothly. She was great and we would highly recommend.
star-5
Incredible day out around Aswan
Katie_W, Jun 2022
Aswan Philae Temple, Unfinished Obelisk, and High Dam Private Half-Day Tour
We had 3 different tours during our trip to Egypt, and this was by far our favourite! Big Mac was an absolute pleasure - larger than life, incredibly knowledgable, and very funny. He met us at our hotel with the driver, and we set off for the High Dam (via the old dam). Then, off to Philae temple, which was stunning - so many periods of history covered in one place, and situated on its own island. We made the mistake of grabbing a drink at the temple cafe (twice the price compared to elsewhere in Egypt) and would recommend to others to re-hydrate using the water provided by the tour guide instead. Little things made the trip special - e.g. rather than just giving us water, which was standard with these tours regardless of provider, Big Mac also grabbed us a fizzy drink. He also tailored the trip - asking us whether we wanted to go to an alabaster workshop, essence workshop, etc and did not bat an eyelash when we asked to skip that portion! It felt like we were never under pressure to buy anything we didn't want to, which was very refreshing. 10/10 - our favourite tour of the holiday and absolutely worth the money.
star-5
Quality guide and excellent tour
Jennifer_J, Dec 2021
Aswan Philae Temple, Unfinished Obelisk, and High Dam Private Half-Day Tour
We had a wonderful tour with Hani our guide. We opted to skip the High Dam and that was not a problem for them. The van was comfortable with AC and our guide kept us in the shade for explanations of the sites and gave us ample free time to walk around and take it all in. I would use them again in a heartbeat.
star-5
Memorable Tour
douglasvirsie_m, Dec 2021
Private day tour to Philae temple-unfinished obelisk and high dam in Aswan
In all, our tour was wonderful. Our tour guide Maggie was wonderful and very informative. The High Dam might not be the biggest dam in the world, but to see the artificial lake in the middle of the desert was just stunning. The Philae Temple is beautiful. The boat ride was short but a nice experience. The Unfinished obelisk is a different story. By itself, it might not be very attractive (that would explained why not all tours offer it) but in the context of human history-around 1508-1458 BC, it is simply amazing.
star-5
Great Tour! Nermien is an Amazing Guide!!
Marie_N, Apr 2022
Aswan Day Tour Visiting Philae Temple, Unfinished Obelisk and High Dam in Aswan
I would really recommend this tour. I enjoyed every stop, especially Philae which was definitely one of the most memorable places that we visited in Egypt. I don't think I'll ever forget the first moment I caught a glimpse of the temple from the motorboat which took us to the island. I also have to say that we only had two really good guides whilst visiting Egypt (and we went on a lot of tours!) and Nermien was one of them. She never made us feel rushed, she was so knowledgeable and most importantly, she is a really nice person. I feel like this was one of the tours that I really learnt something whilst having a great time. I can still tell the difference between depictions of Hathor and Isis! :) I would definitely recommend this tour and especially Nermien. thanks :)
star-4
Great option if you want to see all the major site of Aswan
Lyenfa_W, Nov 2021
Aswan Philae Temple, Unfinished Obelisk, and High Dam Private Half-Day Tour
It was our first tour in our trip through Egypt and we were glad that we got Mustafa has our tour guide. He was very knowledgeable, friendly and helpful. We like him so much that we decided to book the Nubian village tour with him in the afternoon. As for the tour, I definitely recommend it. They take care of all the transportation and ticket for you, so you can sit, relax and absorb all the knowledge since you are visiting the major site in Aswan
star-5
An amazing tour
Nabil_A, Oct 2021
Aswan Philae Temple, Unfinished Obelisk, and High Dam Private Half-Day Tour
A very nice tour and a must do in Aswan. Our guide Habi Abdo was very knowledgeable and explained everything in detail. All three places included in the tour are absolutely marvellous and should never be missed. Both the tour and the guide are highly recommended.
star-5
Recommendable
Ali_S, May 2020
Aswan Day Tour Visiting Philae Temple, Unfinished Obelisk and High Dam in Aswan
Informative tour with a knowledgeable guide. Good experience for a day visit, exploring some of the main sites of the city.
star-5
The best guide we had in Egypt!
Darina_M, Dec 2021
Aswan Day Tour Visiting Philae Temple, Unfinished Obelisk and High Dam in Aswan
We booked our Aswan tour for 30 Nov 2021. This was our second tour with EmoTours, the previous day we visited Abu Simbel and our guide for it was Mr Emad Aiad. After spending great time with him there (I have written a separate review), all we hoped for was that we have him again as a guide, and we were soooo so happy that indeed, Mr Emad turned out to be our guide for the tour in Aswan as well. He picked us up right on time and even made sure to call the room to inform us that he arrived. He absolutely loves his job and he is passionate about it, and he has been doing it for more than 20 years! This says a lot about the experience and knowledge he has! His enthusiasm and good mood are contagious, but not only that-he made us feel very special, he brought a sense of personal touch and we never felt like we are just "another customers". Apart from the general interesting facts about the places we visited in Aswan, he shared also some lesser known stories (where does the word "pharaoh" come from?), taught us how to read certain hieroglyphs and also shared personal stories from his life, job experience and family. He answered all kind of questions we had and never got tired to take care after our needs, staying flexible according to our requests. He reccommended a tour to the Nubian village but at the end we decided we won't go. He also suggested some shops, we wanted to actually go to two of them, but we didnt like anything so we didnt buy, but anyways we didnt feel pressured at all to buy, so it is really up to you. Also if you just dont want to go, you tell him that you dont and there is no problem. We absolutely reccommend booking with Emo Tours and if possible, ask for Mr Emad because, really, the guide can make so much difference in your experience! Wishing you many more happy customers!
star-4
a very well organised tour with places well worth seeing
Ditmar_P, Dec 2021
Aswan Day Tour Visiting Philae Temple, Unfinished Obelisk and High Dam in Aswan
All places of the tour are well worth seeing! We found the tour very well organised: We were picked up at the hotel by our very friendly guide. The standard of the car was also very good, as well as the driving skills of the driver. However when coming back from Philae island by boat it took more than 15 minutes till the driver showed up, although our guide called him serveral times well in advance. Nevertheless we enjoyed the tour very much, although we missed a bit more in-depth knowledge of our guide, which might have been limited by his language skills.
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Things to know before you go

  • Great for history lovers and anyone interested in ancient construction.
  • Wear sturdy shoes to follow the footpath that leads into the quarry.
  • The approach to the Unfinished Obelisk requires climbing a number of steps.
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How to get there

Located off Dr Abd al Rady Hanafe street, the Unfinished Obelisk is just east of the Fatimid Cemetery in Aswan. If you’re not visiting the Unfinished Obelisk as part of a tour, it’s possible to reach the site by taxi or microbus. While the Unfinished Obelisk is close to the Nubian Museum, walking there requires a detour around the Fatimid Cemetery that takes roughly 20 minutes.

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When to get there

An hour is plenty for exploring the quarry and the Unfinished Obelisk, which are open daily. Hours may vary somewhat, so check locally before making the trip; tour operators will also have updated schedules. There is little shade at the site, and travelers arriving in the heat of midday should plan to bring sun protection.

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Things to Do Near the Unfinished Obelisk

Tours of the Unfinished Obelisk often combine the relatively small site with attractions on the southern end of Aswan, but there are a handful of destinations in the immediate area. At the Fatimid Cemetery, see Islamic tombs made from mud brick; the excellent Nubian museum explores the history and culture of Upper Egypt. Also nearby is the departure point for ferries across the Nile River to Elephantine Island.

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Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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