20 Before & After Photos That Capture Just How Much The World Has Changed

It’s obvious the world has changed a lot since the beginning of recorded history, but it’s not often we stop to notice just how much (or, in some cases, how little) things have changed.

The website re-photos encourages photographers to recreate historic pictures of places and people in order to create stunning “before and after” images. Take a look at some amazing before and after images that might make you look at our world a little differently.

1. The Signing of the Declaration of Independence in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Signing of Declaration of Independence before and after

Our forefathers are pictured signing the famous document in 1776.  In 2017, 241 years later, their descendants gathered to recreate the famous image.

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2. Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington, D.C., facing the United States Capitol building.

Pennsylvania Avenue, Washington, D.C. and Capitol

The first image was taken in 1900, the second 113 years later, in 2013.

3. The Moulin Rouge nightclub in Paris, France.

Moulin Rouge paris before and after

The first image was taken in 1900, the second 115 years later, in 2016.

4. Hammerfest, a small fishing community in Norway.

Hammerfest, Norway before and after

The first photo was taken in 1889, the second 114 years later, in 2004. One interesting note: the entire town burned to the ground in 1945 during the German retreat.

5. The Eiffel Tower in Paris, France

the Eiffel Tower before and after

The first image was taken in 1900, the second 117 years later, in 2017.

6. The Chaney Glacier in Montana, United States.

Chaney Glacier before and after

The first image was taken in 1911, the second 94 years later, in 2005.

7. St. Martin Street in Poznań, Poland.

St. Martin St. In Poland before and after war

In 1945, this street in Poland was destroyed during World War II. In 2017, you’d never know the horrors that had occured here just 72 years ago.

8. Frauenkirche Dresden in Germany.

Frauenkirche Dresden before and after


This is another example of a building that was completely rebuilt after being destroyed by bombs in World War II. The first picture shows the original structure in 1897, the second image was taken 112 years later in 2010.

9. Esplanade des Invalides in Paris, France.

Esplanade des Invalides

The first image was taken in 1900, the second was taken 116 years later, in 2017.

10. Osnabrück Central Station in Germany.

Osnabrück before and after

In 1965, there were far more cars parked in the lot than there are fifty years later, in 2015. The people of  Osnabrück certainly like their bicycles!

11. Nowomiejska Street in Lodz, Poland.

Nowomiejska Street In poland

In 1874, chickens still roamed the streets in what appears to be a ghost town. One hundred and forty-one years later in 2016, cable cars and automobiles are the norm.

12. Palais Im Groben Garten in Dresden, Germany.

Palais Im Groben Garten in Dresden, GermanyPalais Im Groben Garten in Dresden, Germany

1900-2005. Not much has changed here in 105 years!

13. Sydney Harbour, Australia.

Sydney Australia

1965-2016. A lot has changed in just 49 years.

14. The Queen’s Hotel in Kandy, Sri Lanka.

Sri Lanka hotel

The 102 years between 1915 and 2018 have been kind to this British Colonial style hotel.

15. A shipwreck in Lanzarote, located in the Canary Islands, Spain.

Canary Islands shipwreck

The Telamon ran aground here in 1981, and not much has changed since then! These images were taken 23 years apart, in 1994 and 2018, respectively.

16. View from St James Bridge near Newcastle Upon Tyne, Scotland.

Scotland before and after

From 1975 to 2013. This area has grown substantially in just 38 years!

17. Calle La Merced-Puente Bolognesi, Peru.

Peru before and after

One hundred years passed between 1916 and 2016, yet not much has changed on this sleepy street in South America.

18. The Bay Bridge near San Francisco, California.

San Francisco Bay Bridge

Two photos taken 26 years apart, in 1980 and 2007. Not much has changed in the Bay city from this vantage point.

19. A fishing village in Andenes, Norway.

Norway before and after

Time seems to have stood still for the 102 years between 1898 and 1992.

20. A street in Osnabruck, Germany.

German street before and after

The sixty-two years between 1953 and 2015 have been kind to this quaint German street.

Isn’t it amazing what the passing of time actually looks like? These wonderful photos provide us with a glimpse into history, while also enabling us to keep an eye on the past.

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