The 7 largest crystal chandeliers in the world
The growing popularity of crystal chandeliers has really taken its toll and since their popularity they have reached the entire world. Let me give you the 7 largest crystal chandeliers in the world. Do you want to know the prices of it? Well even I can’t calculate, so without doing more here it is:
In seventh place is the Rialto Square Theater in Joliet, Illinois.
The smallest and largest chandelier in the world, the Theater chandelier known as the ‘Duchess’ took two years to be born and cost a million and a half dollars before her birthday. That was a million and a half, back in the 1920s, when today you could buy a house for one person’s weekly salary. Now let me see you do the math on that.
Number 6 on the list can be found at The Jai Vilas Palace which houses two chandeliers, each weighing 3.5 tons. To test if the roof could hold its weight, ten elephants were used to stamp on the roof, to make sure, now that’s what I call durability, don’t you think? The palace was designed by a British colonel during colonial times in India and has survived until now. The gold paint used in the room in which the chandeliers are located is estimated to weigh 58 kg. Now how much would that be?
The largest # 5 rated crystal chandelier is housed in the Dolmabahce Palace in Istanbul, Turkey. A 4.5 ton chandelier resides in the Dolmabahce Palace in Istanbul. It contains 750 lamps and is made of Bohemian glass. It was a gift from Queen Victoria of Great Britain to the Ottoman Empire in the late 19th century. The building also houses the largest collection of Bohemian and Baccarat chandeliers in the world, and even the stairs are made of Baccarat crystal, imagine so much royalty in a home.
At Knokke Casino in Belgium, we, where the number 4 spot resides. Well, Knokke is a seaside resort near the Dutch border, and is home to one of the ten casinos in Belgium, and also one of the seven largest chandeliers in the world. Belgians are so fascinated by their chandeliers that they even have a word for ‘chandelier room’ which is Kroonluchterzaal, I can’t tell, no matter how hard I try. The chandelier is made of Venetian glass, 22,000 pieces to be exact, and includes 2,700 lamps that create light for the crystals to refract. It has a diameter of 8.5 m and a height of 6.5 m. The entire structure weighs 6 tons. Well, how about that?
Number 3 on our hit list is at the Palais Garnier Opera, France. The chandelier from the Palais Garnier in France, a country known for its fascination with beautiful things, objets d’art, also weighs 6 tons. It is in an appropriate environment. The building, which houses traditional French operas, is highly ornate, decorated with marble friezes, columns, and statues around its interior. Napoleon began its construction in 1858 and it still stands today. The huge chandelier is in the auditorium where the operas are performed. So when you see operas in the theater, you will surely also be fascinated by its chandelier.
Booth # 2 is at the Kocatepe Mosque in Ankara, Turkey. God has always been the source of man’s greatest inspiration to create so many beautiful cathedrals and churches that have been designed and created for religious purposes and the chandelier at the Kocatepe Mosque in Ankara, Turkey adheres to that tradition. It weighs 7.5 tonnes, is 5.5 m in diameter and has 32 side lights and 4 corner lights. The mosque is used by around 80,000 worshipers, and the building itself, along with the chandelier, is considered one of the great triumphs of Turkish architecture.
The undisputed # 1 spot goes to the Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque, Oman.
The largest known chandelier in the world and weighs 8.5 tons. The royal chandelier is made of Swarovski crystal, has a gold-plated metal frame and hangs over 14 meters. It is 8m in diameter to accommodate this height, making the chandelier in size comparable to that of a five-story apartment block or a block of flats. It contains ladders and platforms necessary for maintenance, and has 1,200 dimmable halogen lamps powered by more than 36 switching circuits. Well, we are talking about high maintenance.