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What 25 Of The World's Biggest Cities Used To Look Like (50 Pics)

What 25 Of The World's Biggest Cities Used To Look Like (50 Pics)
There's nothing quite as iconic as a city skyline. You can pick out where you are by the shape of the buildings against the sky and the patterns they make at night with their lights shining in the darkness. Even though skylines might seem permanent, they really aren't. Buildings come and go like anything else — but it seems like more come than go these days.

Take a look at these now-and-then photos of some major cities as they transform from their humbler pasts to their glittering presents. Sometimes you don't have to look too far back to see a major change.

Moscow, Russia, 1896

Moscow today

Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, 1950s

Ulaanbaatar today

Beijing, China, 1950s

Beijing today

Nairobi, Kenya, early 1960s

Nairobi today

Abu Dhabi, U.A.E., 1975

Abu Dhabi today

Jakarta, Indonesia, 1960s

Jakarta today

Seoul, South Korea, 1950

Seoul today

Miami, U.S.A., 1930s

Miami today

Sydney, Australia, 1950

Sydney today

Hong Kong, 1960s

Hong Kong today

Berlin, Germany, 1945

Berlin today

Fortaleza, Brazil, 1970

Fortaleza today

New York City, U.S.A., 1920s

New York City today

Panama City, Panama, 1930s

Panama City today

Singapore, 1970s

Singapore today

Buenos Aires, Argentina, 1950s

Buenos Aires today

Dubai, U.A.E., 1980s

Dubai today

Boston, U.S.A., 1920s

Boston today

Taipei, Taiwan, early 1950s

Taipei today

Toronto, Canada, 1930

Toronto today

Tokyo, Japan, 1920s

Tokyo today

Chicago, U.S.A., 1909

Chicago today

London, U.K., 1890s

London today

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 1990s

Kuala Lumpur today

Los Angeles, U.S.A., 1878

Los Angeles today

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