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    These Intriguing Photos From The 1860s Show A Paris That No Longer Exists

    Many of these streets have been destroyed and rebuilt.

    An official photographer for the city of Paris during the mid-1800s, Charles Marville was tasked with documenting the medieval streets of old Paris during the time that Haussmann, an urban planner under Napoleon, was demolishing chunks of the city to make way for larger boulevards and structures.

    These photos are part of exhibition at The Metropolitan Museum of Art titled Charles Marville: Photographer of Paris (on display until May 4).

    Looking down the banks of the Bièvre River at the bottom of the rue des Gobelins (5th Arrondissement) in 1862.

    The no-longer existing rue Estienne in the 1st Arrondissement, 1862-1865.

    Passage Saint-Guillaume, looking toward the rue de Richelieu, 1863-65.

    Near Arts et Métiers in 1864.

    Impasse de la Bouteille from the rue Montorgueil, 1865–68.

    Rue de Constantine in 1866, before its demolition.

    Top of the rue Champlain in the 20th Arrondissement, 1877.

    Urinal in the 10th, 1876.

    Here is a view of a spire of Notre Dame, facing Ile St. Louis.

    And just to show how much construction has happened in the past 150 or so years, here's the same view today.