The Biggest Chandelier in the World
The award for the biggest chandelier in the world stood for 150 years with what was a gift to Sultan Abdul Mecid of Turkey from Queen Victoria of England.
The Sultan was building the Dolmabahce Palace (1843 to 1856 ) and she had two designed as gifts, one for him and one for the Czar of Russia. The story has it that they were both shipped simultaneously however the Czars gift mysteriously disappeared and has never been found. The only surviving one of the pair arrived in Turkey and still hangs today in the entrance to the Palace on the banks of the Bospherous. It weighs 4.5 tons, has 750 lamps and is gold plated.
It has more recently been surpassed by a huge new chandelier designed and built for the Sultan Qaboos' Grand Mosque in Muscat Oman.
Made of Swarovski crystals, it is fourteen metres high and eight metres in diameter, weighing 8 tons, it has 1122 lamps and about 600,000 individual crystals. The main part of the structure is 24 carat Gold. It hangs in the prayer hall.
Rather than the classical style of the Dolmabahce Palace example, the new record winner has a distinct arabic feel. It takes the form of a large minaret, surrounded by 24 smaller ones.
Though strictly not a considerred a classical chandelier, in June 2010, Ali Bin Khalifa Al Hitmi of Qatar won a place in the Guiness Book of records for a new chandelier installation in his new Al Hitmi Building in Qatar. The light called, "Reflective Flow" is made up about 55000 LEDs, (Light Emitting Diodes) and weighs 21.9 tons. It is a free flowing wave serpentine design and is 38.5m long.