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It’s crazy how much the world has changed. I’m not talking about political stuff, but more about the landscapes and architectures. People don’t really realize it, I mean how could they? You’d have to be fairly old to really notice the significant change. For places that haven’t changed much, it’s nice to know that beautiful landscapes have remained untouched.

But luckily, there are people on the web who absolutely love re-photographies. Re-photographies are “before and after” photos or “then and now” photos. They really enjoy seeing how much the world has truly changed or hasn’t changed. However, these photos do even more than that. They have the potential of telling a fascinating story: a story that comes from just two photos. Using a program called, users were able to compose and upload some of these remarkable pictures. Some of these photos show an incredible change in this world, while others are a bit more subtle.

Here are 24 before and after pictures.

1. The first one is of Rysstad, Norway, 1888-2013. During 1888 it appears to be nothing but gorgeous farmland. By 2013, it became more of a little country town with adorable homes. Either way, it looks like a peaceful town to live in, even back in the day, I would have camped out there for a night or two!

2. This is Seljestadjuvet, Odda, Norway, 1887-2014. Looking at the two different times, it seems as though this gorgeous place has remained more or less the same. Why would anyone want to touch it? It looks so peaceful! If you look at the rocks aligned along the water, they are almost in the exact same spot. Incredible!

3. The Martin Luther Statue in Dresden, Germany. The two photos are showing how times have changed from 1958-2014. The building in 1958 is almost completely nonexistent. Perhaps the war had something to do with it? But in 2014, the building standing behind the statue adds so much to the photo, kind of giving it more of a European feel.

4. Okay, this photo is a little crazy. If you look at the two buildings, they remain almost untouched. It’s hard to believe that they managed to look the exact same way from 1910 through 2017. This photo is of Hofbrauhaus Munchen, Germany. Sure if you pay attention to detail, some things have changed but for the most part, it looks IDENTICAL!

5. Opposite to the last photo, Quai Des Nations, Paris, France has changed significantly from 1900-2017. You’d think there would be more buildings now than there were back then but it’s the exact opposite. In the 1900’s you can’t see the water on the other side! Now, the entire area is essentially water.

6. This is the Corner Of Ratajczaka And Sw. Marcin Streets in Poznan, Poland. The photo shows the changes from 1945-2017. The first photo shows the building completely destroyed. Not sure the historical facts about this place but I’m glad it was restored and now it looks like a gorgeous, historical building. Very nice!

7. From 1986-2017, Pripyat, Ukraine looks more or less the same. The 1986 photo was actually taken shortly before the Chernobyl meltdown. That is the nearby town where the employees and their families lived. The only difference is that someone decided to plant some trees and make the area look a little more…green!

8. The Chaney Glacier in the United States. The two photos depict 1911-2005. If you notice, the 1911 photo has significantly more snow compared to the bottom one. Some people believe it might be due to global warming but I’m thinking it’s just two different seasons? Who knows. Regardless, this photo definitely tells its own story about how things have changed.

9. This is the Moulin Rouge in Paris, France from the 1900’s-2016. The only significant changes in the photos are the people and the cars. Obviously, in the 1930’s, the cars look super vintage and the people are dressed for the time. But other than that everything looks more or less the same. There’s something about walking into a building that’s been there for so many years.

10. Okay, is this place real? It looks like a scene from a fairytale or the original Disneyland. Absolute goosebumps. These two pictures are from 1908-2016 in Horse Cart And Steam Locomotive, Mont Saint-Michel France. Not a whole lot has changed, which is so amazing because it doesn’t need any change. Whatsoever.

11. In case you didn’t know, the Reichstag Fire in Germany happened in 1933, just one month after Adolf Hitler had become Chancellor of Germany. This photo shows the building from 1945-2012. It looked like it was on its way to being rebuilt in 1945 and now it looks like a stunning building. Luckily they fixed it right up. Such a historical photo!

12. This is a stunning photo of Hammerfest, Norway from 1889-2004. Both photos look beautiful and peaceful. The only difference is that more trees were planted and more homes were built. Honestly, if I lived in Norway I would live there. Looks like you would live such a calm life there…with no worries in the world.

13. Looking at the two photos from 1897-2010 of Frauenkirche Dresden in Dresden, Germany, the two photos look like nothing has changed. But actually, it has. The building was actually burned down during the war and it was rebuild after. It looks almost identical to the original, and the black bricks are remains from the old building!

14. I’m sure most of us know this building. It’s the Tour Eiffel in Paris, France. The two photos are from 1910-2016. A lot of people prefer the 1910 photos…some say it looks more romantic, others say the 2016 one looks way busier. Regardless, the city has become a lot more popular by 2016. In 1910, the city looks very peaceful and…romantic.

15. Marcin Street, Poznan, Poland. These two photos show the years 1945-2017. Look at the mess that the war left in that particular area and now it looks like nothing happened. It’s crazy to think that people today walk into something every day without ever knowing what happened there in the past…or what will happen in the future!

16. This is Osnabruck, Germany in 1904-2016. Again, in 1904 there wasn’t much going on. Just a ton of farmland and a few homes here and there. If they are even homes. But now? It looks way busier, with a ton of trees planted, more homes and just a lot is going on. Regardless, it looks gorgeous back then and now!

17. Clearly, people have become a little more environmentally friendly and health conscious in Germany. Check out this photo at Osnabruck Central Railway Station from 1965-2015. There were no bikes on the site in the 60’s and now mostly it’s all bikes! That’s pretty impressive Germany, pretty impressive. Luckily, the buildings still look the same. Still looks so incredibly pretty.

18. Szyperska Street, Poznan, Poland in 2006-2017. Though the years aren’t so incredibly far apart, it’s crazy to see the changes that this place has gone through. Not only does it look significantly greener now, there is an entirely new building that was built and the buildings that stayed there look a lot better! Very, very nice!

19. This is Paris France in 1900-2017. I don’t know about you, but the photo from 1900 looks a lot better. Maybe it’s the fact that it’s not in color and there’s some sort of classy, mysterious vibe to it but it looks a lot better. But this isn’t to say that the photo from today looks bad. The place still looks gorgeous and I would love to visit!

20. Wow, Nowomiejska Street in Lodz, Poland looks like a ghost town in 1874 compared to the one in 2016. Doesn’t look like much was going on back then…and clearly, no one really left their homes. Also, are those chickens outside of the buildings? Interesting! Luckily the town looks a little more “alive” today.

21. Kjeasen Railway Bridge in Kjeasen Norway doesn’t seem like it has changed a whole lot from 1927 to 2008. The bridge looks the same, even the trains look more or less the same. The only thing that has really changed is the area where people can walk. It’s nice to see that not much has been changed in this pretty area!

22. Is this Mr. Darcy’s house from Pride & Prejudice? Probably not but it definitely looks like it could be! This is Palais Im Groben Garten in Dresden, Germany. The top photo is from the 1900’s and the second is from 2005. Not a whole lot has changed, and nothing really needs to be changed. The area is beautiful and truly looks like what most of Jane Austen’s stories were based on.

23. Alright, it’s time to play “Spot the Difference”. Check out the St. Matthew Evangelical Church in Lodz, Poland. The first photo is from 1937 the other photo is from 2017. There are only a few minor, unnoticeable changes. But overall, inside the building looks completely identical. It’s a special feeling to walk into a building with so much history behind it.

24. 1953 Osnabruck, Germany looks like it’s from an old Italian mobster film. No one in site, fog everywhere and just an overall very mysterious feel. Fast forward to 2015, and this area looks more “popping”, more people walking up and down the streets. It also appears that the area has been turned more into a shopping area than a place to live. Looks nice either way though!


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