Here is the link to some of my photo's. The final one is of the quarry which is nearby.
Thanks Andrew Sisters the photos are lovely! Where is the sculpture park? Hooray something else to do in September:)
Thanks again to Andrewsisters for the tip on The Aswan Sculpture Park, We have been visiting the site of the Aswan Sculpture Symposium for years (just down from the Basma Hotel) but didn't realise that the sculptures were then moved to the Sculpture Park. This has to be the best kept secret in Aswan.
There are no signs in English or any language other than arabic. Few locals seem to know much about it either. The map is a little confusing too. The best direction we found was, "Take the road to Shellal, and instead of turning right towards the ferry to Philae, take the road up the hill. Continue until you reach the top; on the left is the quarry, on the right the sculptures"
Some taxi drivers wanted to take us to The Unfinished Obelisk site but we perservered and made it there. The site is on top of a hill next to a quarry. The road was blocked when we got there with the barrier tied up. Our taxi was not able to enter but we freely went up a lot of stairs (there is also a steep road which may be kinder for some). The views from the top are beautiful with the Nile gleaming in the distance. The sculptures (some we recognised from previous visits to the Basma site) were a lot of fun and look like they have just dropped onto a deserted, rocky landscape.
This was all free. No one hassled us, asked us for money - we were the only ones there. The taxi was 40LE there and back and the driver waited for us to walk around. A great afternoon out.
Thanks for the information on location and taxi prices Aswan Fans, will def visit in September!
Nefertari I dope you enjoy it as much as we did. I'd love to hear your impressions. Take strong sandals or shoes as the ground is very rocky in places.
Thanks for the advice AF. I am having foot issues at the moment so that is just what I need to know. I will post a review when I get back:)
"This year the open-air gallery saw a great development nonetheless. Every sculpture exhibited was perfectly lit to bring out its beauty, while parts of the rocky backdrop were bathed in a violet light forming delicate shadows on the stones. A gallery constructed of wood and glass showcased the smaller pieces, while other small pieces were placed in the passageway leading to a theatre with a granite stage featuring cultural performances. The larger pieces were scattered freely on the desert floor to act and react with the wild nature of the surrounding mountains, with the infrastructure – lighting, sewerage and drainage systems – now complete. Roads and pathways were paved and stony steps were set to facilitate the visitors’ tour."
Looks like we gate crashed before the site is officially open! That explains why it was free from hassle and a delight :)
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