Most can name iconic places in the world like The Eiffel Tower in Paris, The British Parliment Houses in London or Times Square in New York. But very few of us can imagine what these famous hubs looked like centuries ago.
Good news! You don’t have to. Thanks to these historical images, we can travel back in time and step into the shoes of those living in the 1800s–when most of these places came to life.
1. Westminster Abbey Downtown London: Then And Now
Westminster Abbey is one of the three most famous tourist spots in London. It was first built in 960 and became the coronation church for the British Monarch in 1245.
3,300 people have been buried there, mostly nobles. It has also become the famous venue for royal weddings, the most recent being between Prince William and Catherine Elizabeth Middleton.
2. Fleet Street In London: 1890 And Now
The enchanting Fleet Street of downtown London has a straight view to St. Paul’s cathedral, making it a must for visitors to explore.
In 1702, London’s first newspaper was born in this very spot. Ever since then, Fleet Street has been known as the “spiritual home of British Journalism.”
3. Houses Of Parliament In London: Then And Now
The Elizabeth Tower stands just as beautiful today as it did in the 1800s. As you can see, the Houses of Parliament that surround it haven’t changed dramatically over the years, surprisingly.
Additionally, the Scotland House (to the right) continues to rent out spaces to London’s top innovators.
4. The Eiffel Tower: 1888 And Now
The Eiffel Tower was completed in 1889 after nearly three years of construction. The photo on the left was taken a year before the grand reveal.
Since its opening, 250 million people have traveled to Paris to behold it. The Eiffel Tower has become one of the top ten most recognizable symbols in the entire world.