Time has a way of changing things. It changes people, causing our bones to ache and our muscles to tighten as we get older, but it doesn’t stop there: it can change our favorite places, too.

While famous landmarks aren’t exactly alive, they definitely can show their age. From famous buildings to impressive natural wonders, there’s nothing the passage of time cannot affect.

These 27 amazing images prove just how much the power of time can transform a place. When you see what they all used to look like compared to what they look like now, you’ll be floored…

1. Rysstad, Norway: Pictured here in 1888, this black and white photograph clearly captures the Norwegian countryside. A man with horse and buggy is the only traffic on the long and desolate road. It looks like a lonely but beautiful place.

© Axel Lindahl

2. Rysstad, Norway: Pictured again in 2013, so much has changed in this tiny Norwegian town since the first photograph was taken. For one thing, trees cover more than half the landscape. Additionally, a car races down a paved road. 

© Oskar Puschmann


3. Seljestadjuvet, Odda, Norway: Pictured in 1887, this landscape in Norway is rocky, craggy, and bare. It seems like it would be very difficult to travel across. However, this horse and rider seem to think nothing of crossing the rocky terrain.

© Axel Lindahl

4. Seljestadjuvet, Odda, Norway: Pictured again in 2004, a lot has changed since the 19th century in this corner of rural Norway. While the roads have become infinitely easier to travel, the rocks are still an impressive feature, even if they are covered with moss.

© Oskar Puschmann


5. Martin Luther Statue, Dresden, Germany: The beautiful city of Dresden in Germany was almost entirely destroyed during World War II. Massive air raids left most of its architecture in a state of total disrepair. It stayed that way for many years after the war ended, too. 

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6. Martin Luther Statue, Dresden, Germany: Thankfully, the city of Dresden has come a long way since the war. This picture, taken in 2014, shows the care and consideration with which each of the city’s buildings has been rebuilt.

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7. Hofbräuhaus München, Germany: Pictured in 1910, the Hofbräuhaus München in Germany was the seat of the Bavarian tavern scene. Regulars had their own special tables and personalized beer steins that hung from the walls. There were also sections of this tavern that served as a hotel.

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8. Hofbräuhaus München, Germany: While a lot has changed in Germany since this tavern first opened its door, they are still keeping the German tavern traditions alive. The outside might have changed a little, but inside you can still find a wall of personalized beer steins.

© k.a.

9. Quai Des Nations, Paris, France: Pictured here in 1900, this quay in Paris was once active port in the city, giving access to barges and other forms of trade in an organized and ornate way. Imagine pulling your boat to shore and seeing this!

© Brooklyn Museum Archives

10. Quai Des Nations, Paris, France: Pictured again in 2017, a lot has certainly changed since 1900. If you were one of the captains whose ships docked at this quay in the early 20th century, you would be baffled by what it looks like now!

© Brooklyn Museum Archives

11. Corner Of Ratajczaka And Św. Marcin Streets, Poznań, Poland: Seen here in 1945, this Polish apartment complex was literally a shell of its former self thanks to the ravages of World War II. It looks beyond repair.

Thomaz Hejnez

12. Corner Of Ratajczaka And Św. Marcin Streets, Poznań, Poland: Pictured here in 2017, decades after the war, you would never know about the extensive damage that once threatened to utterly destroy this handsome facade.

© Miejski Konserwator Zabytków


13. Pripyat, Ukraine: The city of Pripyat was called “The Ninth Nuclear City” and created to serve as a neighborhood for people who worked at the Chernobyl power plant. In this image, people walk about on an ordinary day, completely unaware that, just weeks later, the entire city would be evacuated.

© Unbekannt

14. Pripyat, Ukraine: Pictured here in 2016, the city of Pripyat is now officially a ghost city. Virtually uninhabitable, it is still supervised by the team responsible for managing the entire Chernobyl project. The levels of radiation here are dangerously high.

© Unbekannt

15. Chaney Glacier, United States: Located in Glacier National Park in Montana, the Chaney Glacier is one of the most impressive sites at the park. For decades, geologists have traveled from far and wide to see the stunning natural splendor of the ice.

Marius R Campbell (USGS)

16. Chaney Glacier, United States: The glacier has changed a lot since the photograph that was taken of it in 1911. In fact, it is one of the glaciers that is being closely monitored by scientists studying global warming. Since 1966, the glacier has retreated by 29 percent.

© Blase Reardon (USGS

17. Moulin Rouge, Paris, France: This famous nightclub was once the home of famous courtesans, who lured in men with their seductive cancan dance. This photograph was taken 15 years before the original building burned down.

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18. Moulin Rouge, Paris, France: Pictured in 2016, the Moulin Rouge was rebuilt in the same style as the original building. While prostitutes no longer work there, it still operates as a restaurant, bar, and entertainment venue.

© anonym

19. Engabreen Glacier, Norway: Pictured here in 1889 and again in 2010, a lot of change has taken place in the time between these photographs. This glacier has slowly been retreating and the effects of global warming are apparent.

© Axel Lindahl / © Oskar Puschmann

20. Reichstag, Germany: Prior to World War II, this famous German edifice was a prominent place in the country. It was where the Imperial Diet (or parliament) was held from 1894 to 1933. After the war it fell into serious disrepair.

© Ghetto Fighters' House Museum

21. Reichstag, Germany: Here’s the Reichstag as pictured in 2012. It was neglected and abandoned for decades until it was rebuilt to completion in 1999, and it once again became home to the German parliament.

© Pedelecs

22. Mont Saint-Michel, France: Back in 1908, it was common to see horses, carts, and even steam locomotives traveling to and from Mont Saint-Michel, a popular former monastery-turned-tourist attraction on the northwest coast of France.

© Frank Spencer Presbrey

23. Mont Saint-Michel, France: By 1944, the train and its tracks were gone. Because the tracks were covered by water during high tide, they became unmanageable. Now tourists travel in by car and a hydraulic dam system helps regulate the tide.

© Frank Spencer Presbrey

24. Hammerfest, Norway: Photographed in 1889, it’s easy to tell just how the town of Hammerfest was formed looking at this image. This seaside community was settled by Norwegian fishermen as an easy place for them to catch and transport their wares.

Oskar Puschmann / www.nibio.no

25. Hammerfest, Norway: While the city of Hammerfest, pictured here in 2004, has grown up (vertically speaking) in the years since the first photograph was taken, it is still a fisherman’s town, though that industry has been heavily modernized.

Axel Lindahl / www.nibio.no


26. Eiffel Tower, Paris, France: When the Eiffel Tower was photographed in 1910, it was still a relatively new addition to the city. Constructed only started on the tower in 1887, and when it began, citizens of Paris actually couldn’t stand it!

Musée Albert-Kahn - Département des Hauts-de-Seine

27. Eiffel Tower, Paris, France: Although the tower was never intended to be a permanent structure, it became so beloved that it has remained in place ever since. It’s pretty hard to imagine Paris without this landmark!

© Stéphane Passet

Isn’t it amazing how much time can transform even the familiar places? These now-and-then photographs are truly captivating.

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