Gabriadze Clock Tower

Gabriadze Clock Tower

Tbilisi has no shortage of impressive architectural achievements and historical monuments, but you’ll also find eye-catchingly weird, modern sights in this diverse city. As you wander the city’s old town, your eyes will inevitably be drawn to the odd, tilting clock tower located on Shavteli street. It has become one of the city’s most recognisable and most photographed landmarks.

What Should You Know about Rezo Gabriadze Clock Tower?

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.

Worldwide Recognition of Rezo Gabriadze Clock Tower

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.


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