Have you ever wondered how the area you live in now looked like 30 or 50 years ago? If so, re.photos website, recently established by a group of people fascinated with then-and-now photography, has a database full of pictures that might help you out.

This database allows anyone, who shares the love for before and after pictures, to contribute their photographs and compare how a street, an area, or a famous landmark looks like now and the way it did way back in the past.

Scroll down below to see what traces urbanization, globalization, and global warming has left on our surroundings over time and visit the page to see more.

1 Rysstad, Norway, 1888 – 2013

2 Seljestadjuvet, Odda, Norway, 1887 – 2014

3 Martin Luther Statue, Dresden, Germany, 1958 – 2014



4 Quai Des Nations, Paris, France, 1900 – 2017

5 Pripyat, Ukraine, 1986 – 2016

6 Hofbräuhaus München, Germany, 1910 – 2017

7 Chaney Glacier, USA, 1911 – 2005

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

9 Moulin Rouge, Paris, France, 1900 – 2016

10 Engabreen Glacier, Norway, 1889 – 2010

Axel Lindahl’s picture of Engabreen from 1889 shows the foot of the glacier, where there was 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.

11 Reichstag, Germany, 1945 – 2012

12 Tour Eiffel, Paris, France, 1910 – 2016

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

14 Hammerfest, Norway, 1889 – 2004

15 Marcin Street, Poznań, Poland, 1945 – 2017

16 Osnabrück, Germany, 1904 – 2016

17 The Karlstor, Munich, Germany, 1946 – 2017

18 Paris, France, 1900 – 2017

19 Frauenkirche Dresden, Dresden, Germany, 1897 – 2010

20 Osnabrück Central Railway Station, Germany, 1965 – 2015

21 Nowomiejska Street, Łódź, Poland, 1874 – 2016

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

23 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. The ball was carried by 4 pillars, between which stairs and elevators allowed the visitors the ascent.
In the “Marerama”, the building with the four corner towers to the left, visitors were simulated to be on the deck of a ship with a panorama of the large Mediterranean ports.
The exhibition pavilions located directly on the shore on the left were dedicated to navigation, trade and navigation.

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

25 Szyperska Street, Poznań, Poland, 2006 – 2017

26 Palais Im Großen Garten Dresden, Germany, 1900 – 2005

27 Karlstor, Munich, Germany , 1910 – 2017

28 Osnabrück, Germany, 1953 – 2015

29 Kjeåsen Railway Bridge, Kjeåsen, Norway, 1927 – 2008

30 The Grinnell Glacier, Montana, USA, 1911 – 2008

The 1911 photo shows Grinnell Glacier poised at the top of the waterfalls in the foreground and joined with what is now called Salamander Glacier in the background. Grinnell described this wall of ice as being 1,000 feet high in 1887. As of 2008, that wall of ice is gone and Grinnell Glacier is not even visible in the contemporary photograph. Instead, it is behind the buff-colored ridge just above the waterfalls. Salamander Glacier lies along the Garden Wall below the ridgeline. This glacier is thinning in the middle so rapidly that it will probably be in two pieces within a few years. To the upper left is the small, rounded glacier, Gem Glacier, that until recently had not shown signs of retreat. It, too, is now becoming smaller.

31 Köln Domplatte, Germany, 1945 – 2011

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

33 Poznań, Poland, 1977- 2016

34 Sultan Abdul Samad, Malaysia, 1941 – 2016

35 Hôtel De Ville, France, 1871 – 2014

36 Gymnasium, Osnabrück, Germany, 1870 – 2015

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

38 Shepard Glacier, USA, 1913 – 2005

39 Rue De La Paix, Paris, France, 1871 – 2016

Barricade of revolutionary Paris Commune in 1871 in the rue de la Paix (confluence Place Vendôme).
In spring of 1871, it comes for an uprising in Paris of the workers and soldiers of the National Guard against the conservative government. In spontaneous elections a Paris city council (commune) is formed, whose members (communards) try to enforce the transformation of France into a socialist union of sovereign communities against the will of the central government. After bloody clashes the communards finally gain control of Paris.

40 Notre Dame, Paris, France, 1850 – 2016

41 Bereich Um Das Brandenburger, Germany, 1928 – 2015

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

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

44 Pavillons Of The Nations, Paris, France, 1900 – 2017

45 Warmenhuizen, Holland, 1950 – 2016

46 Most Kłodny, Poland, 1900 – 2013

47 L’viv, Ukraine, 1943 – 2017

48 Łódź, Poland, 1887 – 2015

49 Karl Johan Street, Norway, 1899 – 2007

50 Rudolstadt Marktstraße 54 Amtsgericht, Germany, 1906 – 2015

51 Ludwig’s House And Weavery, Łódź, Poland, 1873 – 2015

52 Römerberg, Frankfurt, Germany, 1910 – 2017

53 National Textile Museum, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 1971 – 2016

54 Blick Vom Kap, Germany, 1961 – 2009

55 Cityscape, Montreal, Canada, 1996 – 2015

56 Poznań, Poland, 1925 – 2016

57 The Eiffel Tower, Paris, France, 1888 – 2017

58 Pont Notre-Dame, France, 1910 – 2017

59 Brandenburger Tor, Berlin, Germany, 1976 – 2005

60 Rentforter Straße, Germany, 1945 – 2017

61 Portobello Beach, Edinburgh, Scotland, 1919 – 2016

62 Svartisen Glacier, Norway, 1989 – 2017

63 Osnabrück, Germany, 1914 – 2013

64 Notre-Dame, Paris, France, 1944 – 2017

65 Kyrkö Mosse, Sweden, 1980 – 2015

66 Opera Hanoi, Hanoi, Vietnam, 1945 – 2015

67 The Old St. Louis County Courthouse, St. Louis, Illinois, 1865 – 2015

68 San Francisco–Oakland Bay Bridge, California, 1980 – 2007

69 Near Poznań, Poland, 1936 – 2017

70 Rue De Rivoli, Paris, France, 1900 – 2016

71 Victory Gate, Munich, Germany, 1925 – 2017

72 Osnabrück, Germany, 1953 – 2015

73 Seine From Pont De L’alma, Paris, France, 1900 – 2017

74 Checkpoint Charlie, Germany, 1961 – 2009

75 St. Stephen’s Green Shopping Centre, Ireland, 2004 – 2013

76 Poznań, Poland, 1968 – 2017

77 Rue St. Placide, Paris, France, 1944 – 2016



78 Nordkap, Norway, 1975 – 2015

79 Poznań, Poland, 1968 – 2017

80 Höffken House, Essen-Burgaltendorf, Germany, 1951 – 2016

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