PARIS OPERA HOUSE / PHANTOM OF THE OPERA
The novel from the year 1910 by Gaston Leroux is a dramatization of the actual event from 1896 where the counterweight from the chandelier fell crashing down, killing a construction worker. The chandelier from bronze and crystal weighing respectable 7 tons was designed by Charles Garnier and at the time the costs were 30 000 gold francs.
NEW YORK, METROPOLITAN OPERA HOUSE
The New York Metropolitan Opera House built in the 1960s features 21 matching chandeliers. But not just any chandeliers. Today is no less than an iconic display of the Opera House, the 21 chandeliers in the lobby are made purely from Swarovski crystals. The clustered chandeliers resembling a constellation with moons and satellites were a gift from the Austrian government to the United States of America for aid during World War II.
THE JAI VILAS PALACE HOUSES
The Jai Vilas Palace houses two chandeliers, each one weighing 3.5 tons. 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 the chandeliers are in is estimated to weigh 58 kg.
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, holds to that tradition. It weighs 7.5 tons, is 5.5m in diameter, and has 32 sidelights and 4 corner lights. The mosque is used by around 80,000 worshippers, and the building itself, along with the chandelier, is considered one of the great triumphs of Turkish architecture.
SULTAN QABOOS GRAND MOSQUE, OMAN
The largest chandelier known in the world weighs 8.5 tons. The actual chandelier is made of Swarovski crystal, has gold-plated metalwork, and hangs down for a length of 14 meters. It contains staircases and platforms necessary for maintenance and has 1,200 dimmable halogen lamps triggered by more than 36 switching circuits.
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