20 Pictures Showing How Much the World Has Changed in the Last 100 Years

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When comparing our childhood to the present day, we can see how much things have changed. We’re not only referring to our bodies or even to specific aspects of our lives but mostly to our environment and the world we live in. From places that we used to go to that no longer exist to our beloved hometowns, things can look totally different from the way we remember them from childhood. If there was a machine that could take us to the past so we could visit all of those places that seemed so familiar to us back then, we’d most likely become lost as foreigners there.

And if in 10, 20, or 30 years the world can change this much, just imagine how much things can change over the course of another 100 years? That’s why Bright Side has collected 20 photographs of cities and iconic locations for you to see how much they’ve changed.

1. Sabir Garden in Baku, Azerbaijan

2. Landscape of Baku, Azerbaijan

3. The Kukulkán Temple in Chichén Itzá, Mexico

4. The Colosseum in Rome, Italy

5. Seoul, Korea

6. Brandenburg Gate in Berlin, Germany

7. Cavenagh Bridge over the Singapore River

8. The Great Sphinx of Giza, Egypt

9. Yonge Street in Toronto, Canada

10. Ponte Vecchio in Florence, Italy

11. Eiffel Tower in Paris, France

12. Machu Picchu, Peru

13. The Great Wall, China

14. Mexico City Metropolitan Cathedral, Mexico City

15. Palace of Fine Arts, Mexico City

16. Saint Paul’s Cathedral, London

17. Piazza del Duomo, Milan, Italy

18. Times Square, New York

19. Sydney Town Hall, Sydney, Australia

20. Tower of Pisa, Italy

Which place do you think has changed the most? Which one do you think remains the same? Tell us what has changed in your hometown. What do you remember from your childhood that doesn’t exist anymore? We’d love to see pictures with your stories!


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It's so strange to see pictures of places you've never visited, from eras you haven't even imagine how it would be and yet feel that nostalgic... I love such compilations. Thank you!


I think the black and white and sepia shades play a very important role here. Those colours take us back in time even though we've never lived it :)


I guess you are right. We are used to see all colourful stuff and black and white is connected subconsciously with the "old" things.


I once went to an exhibition showing historical picture of Prague (the city I'm living) then and now.. It was so emotional. How things change! The people, the circumstances. The whole history of the place :)


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