The leaning tower of Tbilisi is one of the
city’s most unusual buildings. Tucked
into a side street of old town, it truly is a
bizarre structure, with a tower on the
perpetual brink of falling down, and
only a steel beam holding the tower in
place. A huge clock sits in the middle of
the disheveled tower, with a leaning
column on its side.
While an incredibly odd sight, it’s not an
old structure. It is a modern tower,
attached to the puppet theatre of
renowned puppeteer Rezo Gabriadze.
He himself is the brainchild behind the
structure, as well as the building to its
side, which houses the actual theatre.
Gabriadze built the theatre himself over
a timespan of thirty years, reusing old
pieces from abandoned structures of the
old town, and from buildings destroyed
following a major earthquake. The weird
clock tower was added in 2011, after a
four-year construction phase.