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A Search for the World’s Largest Chandelier

Ever wonder where the world’s largest chandelier is located? Stand in line – there are quite a few places that claim to have the world’s largest chandelier. Here is a list of some of the world’s biggest chandeliers. Decide for yourself which one can claim the crown as THE largest chandelier in the world.

The Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque

Perhaps the largest chandelier in the world is located here! This crystal chandelier is about 46 feet high (picture a four story building!). It is about 26 feet in diameter, and it comes to a weight of 8.5 tons which is close to 20,000 pounds! In other words, this crystal chandelier in Oman weights more than a large (very large) elephant. It is made up of 600,000 crystals. Of course, it makes sense that it should be so big… after all, can you imagine how tiny a regular size chandelier would look hanging from a 150 foot high ceiling with in an 80 foot wide dome?

The light emitted from this chandelier comes from 1,114 halogen bulbs. How would you like to have to be in charge of replacing those bulbs?! What’s more, all of the metal parts of the crystal chandelier are plated with 24-carat gold.

Some say that this chandelier is cited in the as a Guinness Book of Records, but the only records that I found for Oman is the lowest death rate, and the largest abacus!

Bellagio Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada

The Guinness World Records does have listed, however, the largest glass sculpture in the world. This sculpture is not what most people generally think of as a chandelier, but it still fits the bill. This ceiling chandelier was created by the famous glass sculptor Dale Chihuly. It measures 65 feet 7 inches by 29 feet 6 inches. It’s total weight? A total of 50,000 pounds, made up of 10,000 pounds of steel and 40,000 pounds of hand-blown glass! It truly is a site to behold.

Melbourne’s Crown Casino

While the chandelier in Melbourne’s Crown Casino cannot compete with the largest chandeliers of the world, it is generally noted as the largest chandelier in the southern hemisphere. This crystal chandelier is made up of 40,000 crystals. This, though, like Chihuly’s chandelier, is not your traditional chandelier. Sure, it is made up of crystals, but these crystals are not lit by candles or light bulbs. Rather, 10,000 fiber optics have been placed among the 40,000 crystals. These fibers work with two lasers that provide interesting animation on the ceiling.

Sand’s Casino, on the Chinese island Macao

This amazing, nearly 120 foot tall chandelier weighs an impressive 100,000 pounds plus.

Hollywood Casio, Shreveport, LA

This chandelier is clearly not the tallest, but it certainly deserves a mention. It is over three-story high, but the most impressive part about this chandelier is not just its size, but the lighting effects that come from it. There are three very unique colored lighting shows that the casino can put on.

Trafford Centre, Manchester England

Purportedly, come September of 2006, the world’s largest chandelier will by in Trafford Centre. No, this does not mean that one of the abovementioned chandeliers is going to be moved there. Rather, this Manchester shopping center is undergoing a huge remodel, and when it is done, the building will house a new, world’s largest chandelier!

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