Aswan - The Unfinished Obelisk. This is one of the granite quarries around Aswan where obelisks, statues etc. were carved from. This particular obelisk was never completed. Three sides of the shaft were quarried before a flaw was discovered in the stone and the obelisk had to be abandoned, still partly attached to the parent rock. Had it been completed the obelisk would have weighed 1.8 million kg and stood 41m high.