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Colleen Moore's Fairy Castle

The Great Hall

Outside, above the room, is the good fairy welcoming you to Fairyland. Below her are figures of Cinderella, the prince and the wicked stepmother. The floating staircase in the center of the room has no railings because fairy folk balance themselves with their wings.

The ceiling of the Great Hall is painted in scenes from fairy tales. Over the door, at the back of the room, is a mural of the pied Piper of Hamlin—with the children climbing up the wall to get to him. The knights in armor, at each side of the door, are silver and came from the collection of Rudolph Valentino, a famous motion picture actor. The tall glass windows at the rear are etched to reflect the stories of Jack and the Beanstalk and The Princess and the Seven Swans.

In the roped-off sections are treasures of Fairyland. To the left and on a low rosewood table are Cinderella’s glass slippers. They are hollow with high heels and have tiny red glass bows. And under the glass bell, the tiny chairs of the three bears sit on the heads of pins—the largest weighing only 1/150,000th of an ounce!

There are many things in the Great Hall which are very old. For example, you can see in the back left of the room a bust of a woman on a green pedestal. This bust is Roman and about 2,500 years old. Next to this, on that table, are three statues of the Goddess Isis, which are more than 4,000 years old. The fourth, a Syrian vase, is more than 1,000 years old.

To your right behind the ropes, is a Battersea enameled table. On it sits a nest filled with golden eggs, and beside it, a goose. These, of course, were stolen from the Giant by Jack. On the next table is a small pistol. It actually shoots. At the foot of the stairs you see two jars, one is a 3,000-year-old alabaster jar from Egypt. The other is a glazed porcelain jar from ancient Siam that is more than 1,000 years old.

As you go around the corner, stop and look through the clear glass in the center of the chapel window. You will see the altar and a little tabernacle. On top of the tabernacle is a beautiful golden sunburst. In the center is a glass container holding a sliver of the true cross. This was given to Colleen by her friend, Clare Booth Luce, who was Ambassador to Italy and received the relic when she had her first audience with the Pope.


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