The splendid Clock Tower looms over the landscape of the Mattancherry area in Kochi. It is located right next to the Paradesi Synagogue, which is another famous landmark. This 45-ft-high structure has four faces that are marked with numerals written in Hebrew, Latin and Malayalam, with one face being blank. The dial of the tower that is towards the Maharaja's face has Malayalam numerals, the one towards the synagogue has Hebrew and the third, Roman. This was done so as an eclectic mix of Jewish, Latin and Malayali populace called the region their home. To bring to notice the passing time by the people of all communities, the tower that struck after every hour, was marked in different languages. The Clock Tower was commissioned by a well-known local businessman, Ezekiel Rahabi in 1760, and remained fully functional till 1930.

When you turn into the lane to go to the synagogue, the tower is right in front of you and the first thought that comes to mind is how it must have resounded when it was actually working!

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