These Pictures Show How Our World Has Changed Over The Years


Just within a short amount of time, the entire landscape of a place can change. Two pictures taken at different times can show you how the scenery of a place has changed and if there has been a natural disaster, the change in the scenery can be quite drastic. Humanity is always improving its lifestyle and this can also be one of the causes that lead to the change in the way a place looks. All things considered, the world has changed quite a lot since man was living in caves and there are many pictures that go on to prove how we affect the world. Here are 50 pictures that show how the terrain of the world has changed over the years.

Ryssdal, Norway, 1888 – 2013

Two centuries is a long time and as you can see, a lot of things can happen within that time. Two centuries ago, the terrain was all rough and undeveloped. However, just within a matter of a few decades, civilization has come to fruit in the area. People have settled in the area and you can see how well they have preserved the natural resources around the area too.

Seljestad Juvet, Odda, Norway, 1887 – 2014

You can see how beautifully the natural ecosystem of the area has been preserved. This kind of preservation can only be found in Norway where people have not upset the natural terrain to the extent that has been done to other places in the world.


Martin Luther Statue, Dresden, Germany, 1958 – 2014

You can see how the restorations in the city of Dresden have changed the way that the city looks. After the Second World War, the city was left in a state of total destruction and the city officials decided that it was time for some reconstruction.


Hofbräuhaus München, Germany, 1910 – 2017

Looking at the two pictures, you will realize that the city of Hofbräuhaus München has not changed much over the years. The architecture has remained the same and this is also because many countries in the European Union have agreed not to bring skyscrapers into the region.

Quai Des Nations, Paris, France, 1900 – 2017

You can see how the bank of the Seine river has changed over the years. There used to be buildings along the bank but all of them are now gone and instead, it is filled with greenery. It is a good thing that they have retained the greenery in the area.


Corner Of Ratajczaka And Św. Marcin Streets, Poznań, Poland, 1945 – 2017

During the Second World War, the corner of the building in the picture above was destroyed by the heavy bombing by the German army. In the second picture, however, the building has been restored to such an extent that you would never have thought that it had been destroyed in the first place.


Pripyat, Ukraine, 1986 – 2016

Once upon a time, the city of Pripyat was bustling with people working in the nuclear power plant or as a part of the civilization that had settled in the area. However, after the Chernobyl nuclear accident, the entire area was left abandoned and no human settlement is possible in the area for the foreseeable future.

Chaney Glacier, USA, 1911 – 2005

The government of the United States of America has been quite adamant about denying the existence of Climate Change. However, they just need to look at their own home and they will realize how drastically the climate has changed and how the glaciers are melting.


Engabreen Glacier, Norway, 1889 – 2010

The foot of the glacier had only ice, glacial gravel, water, and bare mountainsides in a seemingly cold and hostile landscape. Now, more than 120 years later, the valley has become far more fertile. Birch forest, shore meadows, willow thickets, and marshland have established themselves, while the glacier arm has retreated far back up the mountainside.


Moulin Rouge, Paris, France, 1900 – 2016

A fire in 1915 completely destroyed the theatre that you see in the first picture. The picture was taken sometime in the 1930s to show how it looked before the fire happened. The French rebuilt the theatre and then added some more character to the facade to bring it up to modern times.

Horse Cart And Steam Locomotive, Mont Saint-Michel, France, 1908 – 2016

Looking at the picture, you might think that this castle is from a Disney fairy tale. However, the Horse Cart And Steam Locomotive, which was quite the attraction back in the day, is now gone, and instead, there is just a huge road in front of the castle. The horse cart and the steam locomotives have been replaced by modern automobiles.


Reichstag, Germany, 1945 – 2012

You can see the effect of the Second World War on the building and you can also see how beautifully the Germans have restored it. Just by looking at it, you could never tell that the effects of the war had damaged the building at all.


Hammerfest, Norway, 1889 – 2004

This is yet another depiction of how Norway has preserved its natural beauty and how people have settled into the area as well. The old buildings have been razed to the ground and new buildings have been erected in their place to make the town look more organized.

Frauenkirche Dresden, Dresden, Germany, 1897 – 2010

This church is one of the most imposing buildings in the city of Dresden. As a result of the World Wars, the church was demolished completely and the current building that you see was completed in 2005. It is amazing how the Germans were able to make it completely identical.


Tour Eiffel, Paris, France, 1910 – 2016

The Eiffel Tower is one of the most iconic landmarks in the world and is based in the city of love. People from all over the world have professed their love to their significant other here. However, you can see that while the tower itself has not undergone any changes over the years, the area around it has changed quite drastically.


Marcin Street, Poznań, Poland, 1945 – 2017

During the Second World War, Marcin street was one of the worst-hit places. The Nazi army brought devastation and people had to look through the rubble to look for their loved ones. However, the Polish rebuilt the entire area and it remains one of the busiest business centers in the country today.

Osnabrück, Germany, 1904 – 2016

These pictures show how a small farming community can grow into a huge town within a matter of a few decades. It is interesting how the boundaries of the fields in the 20th century became the roads for the town in the 21st century.


The Karlstor, Munich, Germany, 1946 – 2017

The Karlstor was a heavily fortified gate and it served as a major defense for the city of Munich. The Karlstor was the checkpoint for all the traders and soldiers entering the city of Munich but it has lost much of its use over the years and is just a tourist spot now.


Osnabrück Central Railway Station, Germany, 1965 – 2015

There was a time when the city was not as populated and was a quiet place about fifty years ago. All the men had just come back from the War and they were content with living a quiet life. However, fast forward 50 years and you can see how the city has grown exponentially.

Nowomiejska Street, Łódź, Poland, 1874 – 2016

It seems like the people of Łódź are content with the life they have had for hundreds of years. The little differences in the picture include taller buildings, cars, and electricity in the city. It is amazing to see how they have preserved the beauty of their city.


Paris, France, 1900 – 2017

The city of Paris had many tall buildings before the two World Wars but these buildings were demolished over time. Now, there are memorials all over the city in remembrance of all the people who gave their lives during the wars.


Szyperska Street, Poznań, Poland, 2006 – 2017

Szyperska Street was not a very friendly neighborhood to live in a few years ago. There was garbage all around and you could see that the city government was not taking much care of the street. However, within the space of a decade, the street became quite clean and is one of the best neighborhoods in the city today.

Kjeåsen Railway Bridge, Kjeåsen, Norway, 1927 – 2008

Urbanization has had a great impact on the Kjeåsen Railway Bridge. The structure still stands to date although there are some reinforcements that have been added to the bridge.


The Eiffel Tower, Paris, France, 1900 – 2017

The Seine bank during the world’s fair of 1900. Next to the Eiffel Tower, the “Globe Céleste” was one of the main attractions. It was a monumental heavenly globe of 45 meters in diameter, in which visitors could sit in a chair, while panoramas of the solar system were passed over them.


Palais Im Großen Garten Dresden, Germany, 1900 – 2005

Although this building was destroyed after both World Wars, the Germans reconstructed it to make it look like the war had no effect on it whatsoever. It looks like a manor out of a novel from the 1800s.

St. Matthew Evangelical Church, Łódź, Poland, 1937 – 2017

The St. Matthew Evangelical Church is so well preserved that the two images look like they were taken on the same day. The only differences that we can visibly see in the picture are that the windows are a whole lot cleaner, the picture is in color and there are two chairs missing in the front.


Osnabrück, Germany, 1953 – 2015

As the economy of the country improved after the wars, people began to get used to a better lifestyle. However, the cobblestone walkways and roads in the city were preserved to maintain an aesthetic look.


St-Gervais-Et-St-Protais, France, 1918 – 2017

The St-Gervais-Et-St-Protais church was destroyed during the First World War. Everything was ruined after the church was attacked and the devastation was a spectacle in itself. The church was built in 1212 and this was the first time that it was demolished to this level, but the French rebuilt the church from the ground up.

The Grinnell Glacier, Montana, USA, 1911 – 2008

The 1911 photo shows Grinnell Glacier poised at the top of the waterfalls. However, by 2008, the wall of ice is gone and Grinnell Glacier is not even visible. This is another picture from the United States of America showing how Climate Change is affecting the natural resources that we have on our planet.


Karlstor, Munich, Germany , 1910 – 2017

Much has changed in the picture below. This was because Munich was bombed to rubble during World War II and most of the buildings in the city had to be rebuilt from the ground up. As a result, while the structure remained the same, the ornate details were lost.


Köln Domplatte, Germany, 1945 – 2011

Weapons from the war were strewn all over Germany after 1945. You could see the vehicles that had been used and then discarded after the war was over. As a result, a lot of places were unsafe to walk around.

Gymnasium, Osnabrück, Germany, 1870 – 2015

The building in the picture has remained the same over the years with only a few additions to the attic. Other than that, the only changes include the cemented roads, the presence of the traffic lights, and the new electric lines in the area.


Łódź, Poland, 1887 – 2015

The Nazi army had a major interest in Łódź because it was a major textile manufacturing hub in Poland and also the third-largest city in the country. Even though the city was invaded by the Nazi army, the government has done a beautiful job in showing that it is just as beautifully preserved as it was before the war.


Hôtel De Ville, France, 1871 – 2014

This French hotel was quite imposing back in the day but it is, even more, imposing with the addition of the new rooftops and the building of the attics. This hotel was the seat of power for the city’s government.

Notre Dame, Paris, France, 1850 – 2016

This Catholic Church has always been iconic and well known for its beautiful design. Disaster struck in 2019 when the church caught on fire. It was a heartbreaking loss for everyone around the world.


St. Nicholas’ Church, Berlin, Germany, 1939 – 2013

We are sure that this church was one of the buildings that suffered heavy bombing during the Second World War. However, the reconstruction has shown us how we can preserve history.


Poznań, Poland, 1977- 2016

There was a shortage of houses in Poland after the Second World War due to a population explosion and people had to settle into housing complexes instead of living peacefully in the suburbs. The country has solved this problem and you can see all the housing complexes that have sprung up in the last four decades.

Lunch Atop A Skyscraper, New York, USA, London, England, 1932 – 2011

This picture was a part of a marketing campaign for a construction company that was into building skyscrapers. It was quite a daring picture to be taken and the photographer is still unknown to this day.


The Place Des Victoires, Paris, France, 1914 – 2017

The Place Des Victoires is another place in France that is beautifully preserved. All that has changed is that the horse-drawn carriages have been replaced by automobiles.


Rudolstadt Marktstraße 54 Amtsgericht, Germany, 1906 – 2015

Apart from reinforcements and renovations, not much has changed in the Rudolstadt Marktstraße 54 Amtsgericht. The building is just as beautiful as it was in 1906.

L’viv, Ukraine, 1943 – 2017

It is rather strange to see the crowds in a city get smaller with time. You would expect that a town that was so busy in 1943 would be even busier since people are always moving to towns. However, the case with Lviv is different and people seem to have moved away from the city.


Bereich Um Das Brandenburger, Germany, 1928 – 2015

This is the same gate that was used as a Party Symbol for the Nazi Party during the Second World War. However, the gate was originally built during the time of Frederick William after the Thirty Year War.


Römerberg, Frankfurt, Germany, 1910 – 2017

Looking at this building, you would never be able to tell that it was built before the two world wars. You would expect the building to have been razed to the ground by the invading forces, but that is not the case.

Karl Johan Street, Norway, 1899 – 2007

It seems like Norway is quite into preserving the old structures that were built during the previous centuries. The world should follow the example of the Norwegians.


Sultan Abdul Samad, Malaysia, 1941 – 2016

While the rest of the buildings in Indonesia have risen to multiple stories, the Sultan Abdul Samad Library chose to stay close to the ground. It is better to stay humble and down to the ground than raise your heads so high that you are not able to maintain them.


Most Kłodny, Poland, 1900 – 2013

The bridge across the river is gone now, perhaps a result of the Second World War. We are sure that there is another bridge somewhere along the river to help people get from one part of the town to the other.

Notre-Dame, Paris, France, 1944 – 2017

The situation in France was bad during the Second World War. There were soldiers and tanks everywhere and people were living in fear. Thankfully the situation has changed now and there are peace and tranquility all around.


Portobello Beach, Edinburgh, Scotland, 1919 – 2016

This was how people interacted with each other and socialized before there were cell phones and social media platforms. They got together at the beach. However, now everyone is busy with their own life, no one seems to be able to relax.


Japanese Troops Advancing Through Kuala Lumpur, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 1942 – 2016

The Imperial Army of Japan was quite the dominant force in the 1940s before the end of the Second World War. They were expanding their territories without anyone there to stop them. The entire Southeast Asian region was under the control of the Imperial Army.

Blick Vom Kap, Germany, 1961 – 2009

Even though the picture says that it is from 1961, we are sure that it must have been from 1861 since the unpaved roads were a sight to be seen in that century. There are other sources who say that the picture above is from a postcard that was dated 1909.