3,500-Year-Old Unfinished Obelisk Reveals Incredible Engineering of Ancient Egypt

Ancient Egyptian constructions still puzzle today’s architects, as they can’t quite figure out all the techniques used to build those amazing structures. But now the missing pieces of the puzzle are starting to reveal themselves, as a 3,500-year-old unfinished obelisk offers more insight into ancient architecture. The unfinished structure is located in Aswan, Egypt and it was originally planned to measure 137 ft (42 meters) and have a weight of 1,200 tons.
The work was commissioned more than 3,500 years ago by Hatshepsut, a female pharaoh, but was never finished. Obelisks are usually placed at the entrances of temples, but they are not necessarily located in Egypt, as many of them can be found all over Europe, for instance in Italy.
But what exactly did happen that stopped the construction of the Unfinished obelisk?
Historians believe, that probably it was too ambitious for the capabilities of the builders and got abandoned because of lack of manpower.
Nowadays the monument functions as an open-air museum and is visited by tourists from all over the world, who go there to observe the wonders of ancient architecture.

 

The Unfinished Obelisk is a more than 3,500-year-old monument from ancient Egypt that was abandoned when cracks formed in the granite.

An incredible feat of ancient construction, the site now functions as an open-air museum in Aswan.

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