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World Famous Chandeliers

Chandeliers were traditionally ostentatious lighting designs that portrayed wealth and status. Indeed, today chandeliers are a prominent feature, found in palaces and the grand halls of homes of the wealthy across the world. Contemporary reinvention has seen chandeliers, designed in a wealth of elegant and distinctive designs – the focal point of many homes across the globe.


The chandeliers of medieval times generally consisted of a very simple wooden cross design, one that incorporated candles. The 15th Century saw a rise of symbolic chandeliers, employed primarily as a status symbol, with practicality being a secondary consideration. Keen to demonstrate their success, the upper classes adorned their homes with such designs.


As technology evolved so too did extravagant lighting designs and power supplies. The advent of technology saw chandeliers made of crystal, with light refracting properties, become increasingly popular. Ornamental chandeliers grew in prominence in homes across the globe.


According to the Guinness Book of Records the largest chandelier in the world is located in the Ali Bin Al Hitmi & Co building in Doha, Qatar. Designed by Beau McClellan for the property development company of the same name it took two years to construct and is named, ‘The Reflective Glow.’ Gold-plated and decorated with Swarovski crystals it weighs 8.5 tonnes.


The chandelier housed in the Dolmabahce Palace in Istanbul is the most famous addition to the largest collection of Bohemian crystal chandeliers in the world. A gift from Queen Victoria in the 1800’s to the Ottoman Empire, its design consists of 750 lamps and weighs 4.5 tonnes.


The Grand Chandelier in the Blue Room in The White House, and the chandelier located in Graceland, Elvis’ estate are two other examples of chandeliers that are renowned across the globe. The chandelier that crashes to the floor is considered another example of how a lighting structure can grow to become famed the world over.

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