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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.

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    Here is Beijing in 1921.

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    This is an illustrated postcard of a street leading to Zhengyangmen, or Chien Men Gate. It is a gate in Beijing's city wall.

    And here is Beijing in 2021.

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    This is the Beijing skyline on April 3, 2021.

    Here are the years side-by-side.

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

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    Here is Manchester in 1921.

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    This is Oxford Road in Manchester.

    And here is Manchester in 2021.

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    This is a street in Manchester, with Chancery place skyscraper in the background.

    Here are the years side-by-side.

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

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    Here is Monte Carlo in 1921.

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    This is Mrs. Charles Bentinck-Budd and her pet lemur on the terrace at Monte Carlo on January 21, 1921.

    And here is Monte Carlo in 2021.

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    This is part of the Monte Carlo harbor.

    Here are the years side-by-side.

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

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    Here is art of Cairo in 1921.

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    And here is Cairo in 2021.

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    This is an aerial view of Cairo's Nasr City district on January 15, 2021.

    Here are the years side-by-side.

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

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    Here is Antwerp in 1921.

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    This is Antwerp's market square.

    And here is Antwerp in 2021.

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    Here are the years side-by-side.

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

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    Here is New York City in 1921.

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    This is Times Square in March 1921.

    And here is New York City in 2021.

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    This is Times Square on October 26, 2021.

    Here are the years side-by-side.

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

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    Here is Kolkata in 1921.

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    This is a view of the Victoria Memorial.

    And here is Kolkata in 2021.

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    This is the Victoria Memorial Hall on India's 75th Independence Day, on August 15, 2021.

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

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    Here are the years side-by-side.

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

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    Here is Venice in 1921.

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    And here is Venice in 2021.

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    Here are the years side-by-side.

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

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    Here is Tokyo in 1921.

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    This is Ginza Street in 1921.

    And here is Tokyo in 2021.

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    This is the Ginza in October 2, 2021.

    Here are the years side-by-side.

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

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    Here is Kingston in 1921.

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    This is King Street in 1921.

    And here is Kingston in 2021.

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    This is a view of New Kingston.

    Here are the years side-by-side.

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

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    Here is Moscow in 1921.

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    This is the Kremlin.

    And here is Moscow in 2021.

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    Here are the years side-by-side.

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

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    Here is Paris in 1921.

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    This is a staircase in Montmartre.

    And here is Paris in 2021.

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    This is a restaurant in Montmartre on October 9, 2021.

    Here are the years side-by-side.

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

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    Here is Chicago in 1921.

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    And here is Chicago in 2021.

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    Here are the years side-by-side.

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

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    Here is Sydney in 1921.

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    This is the Sydney harbor.

    Here is Sydney in 2021.

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    This is a view containing the Sydney harbor.

    Here are the years side-by-side.

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

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    Here is Istanbul (Constantinople) in 1921.

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    This is the Sultan Ahmed Mosque (colloquially known as The Blue Mosque) on February 2, 1921.

    Here is Istanbul in 2021.

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    This is the Hagia Sophia on August 1, 2021.

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

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    Here are the years side-by-side.

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

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    Here is Colombo in 1921.

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    This is the Colombo Hindu festival.

    And here is Colombo in 2021.

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    Here are the years side-by-side.

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

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    Here is Rome in 1921.

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    This is a military cortage passing the tomb of the unknown soldier in Piazza Venezia.

    And here is Rome in 2021.

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    This is the Day of National Unity and the Day of the Armed Forces on November 4, 2021, in Piazza Venezia.

    Here are the years side-by-side.

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

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    Here is Manila in 1921.

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    This is an illustrated postcard of Luneta Park, or Rizal Park.

    And here is Manila in 2021.

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    This picture shows Roman Catholics attending mass during the middle of the pandemic on January 9, 2021, on the annual celebration of the feast of the Black Nazarene.

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

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    Here are the years side-by-side.

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

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    Here is Munich in 1921.

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    This is a demonstration against the Treaty of Versailles.

    And here is Munich in 2021.

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    This is the city center of Munich.

    Here are the years side-by-side.

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

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    Here is Los Angeles in 1921.

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    This is the back lot at Universal City Studios in the San Fernando Valley.

    And here is Los Angeles in 2021.

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    Here are the years side-by-side.

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

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    Here is Prague in 1921.

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    And here is Prague in 2021.

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    Here are the years side-by-side.

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