The instantly-recognisable clock tower is part of the puppet theatre building, both of which were created by the brilliant Georgian director, screenwriter, and artist, Rezo Gabriadze.
It’s not just the tower’s oddly charming facade that impresses, at the top of the tower, you’ll see a beautifully painted door. Each hour, this door opens and an angel emerges from within to strike the magical bell. Some locals say that you should make a wish when the bell sounds.
Underneath the clock is a small puppet theatre, where, twice a day, at 12:00 and 19:00, you will see the short play called “the Circle of Life”, which brings a beautiful love story to life using wonderfully made puppets.
On the lower façade of the tower, there are two beautifully decorated panels made from about a hundred tiles. Those tiles were also made by Rezo Gabriadze.
The popularity of the Gabriadze Clock Tower has reached beyond the borders of Georgia. The American online magazine Atlas Obscura put Gabriadze Clock Tower on their 2019 list of the most popular architectural clock monuments in the world.