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    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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