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    21 Famous Cities That Range From "It Looked Like This 100 Years Ago" To "Is That Actually The Same Place?"

    I didn't know Moscow looks like this now.

    Because time and geography are both fascinating, here are 21 large and/or famous cities throughout the world 100 years ago and today.

    My apologies for the abundance of European cities versus the lack of South American cities, and the all-but-one lack of African cities. I could not find sufficient photos of South American or most African cities from 100 years ago.

    1. Looked completely different 100 years ago: Beijing, China.

    Here is Beijing in 1921.

    And here is Beijing in 2021.

    Here are the years side-by-side.

    2. Looked basically the same 100 years ago: Manchester, England.

    Here is Manchester in 1921.

    And here is Manchester in 2021.

    Here are the years side-by-side.

    3. Looked completely different 100 years ago: Monte Carlo, Monaco.

    Here is Monte Carlo in 1921.

    And here is Monte Carlo in 2021.

    Here are the years side-by-side.

    4. Looked completely different 100 years ago: Cairo, Egypt.

    Here is art of Cairo in 1921.

    And here is Cairo in 2021.

    Here are the years side-by-side.

    5. Looked basically the same 100 years ago: Antwerp, Belgium.

    Here is Antwerp in 1921.

    And here is Antwerp in 2021.

    Here are the years side-by-side.

    6. Looked completely different 100 years ago: New York City, United States.

    Here is New York City in 1921.

    And here is New York City in 2021.

    Here are the years side-by-side.

    7. Looked completely different 100 years ago: Kolkata, India.

    Here is Kolkata in 1921.

    And here is Kolkata in 2021.

    And, to show the difference even more, here's another picture of Kolkata in 2021.

    Here are the years side-by-side.

    8. Looked basically the same 100 years ago: Venice, Italy.

    Here is Venice in 1921.

    And here is Venice in 2021.

    Here are the years side-by-side.

    9. Looked completely different 100 years ago: Tokyo, Japan.

    Here is Tokyo in 1921.

    And here is Tokyo in 2021.

    Here are the years side-by-side.

    10. Looked completely different 100 years ago: Kingston, Jamaica.

    Here is Kingston in 1921.

    And here is Kingston in 2021.

    Here are the years side-by-side.

    11. Looked completely different 100 years ago: Moscow, Russia.

    Here is Moscow in 1921.

    And here is Moscow in 2021.

    Here are the years side-by-side.

    12. Looked basically the same 100 years ago: Paris, France.

    Here is Paris in 1921.

    And here is Paris in 2021.

    Here are the years side-by-side.

    13. Looked completely different 100 years ago: Chicago, United States.

    Here is Chicago in 1921.

    And here is Chicago in 2021.

    Here are the years side-by-side.

    14. Looked completely different 100 years ago: Sydney, Australia.

    Here is Sydney in 1921.

    Here is Sydney in 2021.

    Here are the years side-by-side.

    15. Looked completely different 100 years ago: Istanbul, Turkey (then officially Constantinople)

    Here is Istanbul (Constantinople) in 1921.

    Here is Istanbul in 2021.

    And, to show the difference even more, here's another picture of Istanbul in 2021.

    Here are the years side-by-side.

    16. Looked completely different 100 years ago: Colombo, Sri Lanka.

    Here is Colombo in 1921.

    And here is Colombo in 2021.

    Here are the years side-by-side.

    17. Looked basically the same 100 years ago: Rome, Italy.

    Here is Rome in 1921.

    And here is Rome in 2021.

    Here are the years side-by-side.

    18. Looked completely different 100 years ago: Manila, the Philippines.

    Here is Manila in 1921.

    And here is Manila in 2021.

    And to show the difference even more, here's another picture of Manila in 2021.

    Here are the years side-by-side.

    19. Looked basically the same 100 years ago: Munich, Germany.

    Here is Munich in 1921.

    And here is Munich in 2021.

    Here are the years side-by-side.

    20. Looked completely different 100 years ago: Los Angeles, United States.

    Here is Los Angeles in 1921.

    And here is Los Angeles in 2021.

    Here are the years side-by-side.

    21. Finally, looked basically the same 100 years ago: Prague, Czech Republic.

    Here is Prague in 1921.

    And here is Prague in 2021.

    Here are the years side-by-side.