Believe it or not, but the oldest continuously inhabited city in the world counts its existence for 11,000 years as of today. The town, Damascus, is the Syrian capital city, and astonishingly enough, not much has changed behind this ancient city's walls. However, not many towns keep the same faces for such a long time, often changing and evolving. Sometimes the city development makes it even more beautiful, but as it is in a more often case, the alluring greenery and historical houses have to make way for skyscrapers in the ever-changing city skyline.

The world has increased over the last 100 years that it's difficult to imagine just how much things have changed during that time. Many of the world's most famous cities and country capitals - like Kuala Lumpur for example, or Hong Kong - bare little resemblance to their earlier selves, and cities such as Dubai didn't even exist at all until relatively recently.

Take a look at these before and after pictures of beautiful cities to see what we mean. Compiled by Bored Panda, they're sure to give you a fresh perspective on how you look at the world's biggest cities and settlements.

#1

Dubai, United Arab Emirates - 2000 And Now

Dubai, United Arab Emirates - 2000 And Now

panoramio.com , AirPano Report

Yvonne Bernal
Community Member
4 years ago

If you build it.... they will come

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Seoul, South Korea - 1900 And Now

Seoul, South Korea - 1900 And Now

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Yvonne Bernal
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4 years ago

I'd look vastly different too if you took my pic 116 years later.

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#3

Vilnius, Lithuania - 1900 And Now

Vilnius, Lithuania - 1900 And Now

gidas.mb.vu.lt Report

Erkan Coban
Community Member
4 years ago

This one is the best

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#4

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates - 1970 And Now

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates - 1970 And Now

theculturist.com , Predrag Vuckovic Report

Yvonne Bernal
Community Member
4 years ago

It goes to show what a little oil can do for a fellow . . .

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#5

Singapore, Republic Of Singapore – 2000 And Now

Singapore, Republic Of Singapore – 2000 And Now

Ong Wee Jin Report

Frimpong Poku-Dankwa
Community Member
4 years ago

Colour makes a lot of difference

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#6

Tokyo, Japan - 1945 And Now

Tokyo, Japan - 1945 And Now

japanairraids.org Report

Robert Bailey
Community Member
4 years ago

That's impressive. Especially since they've had to rebuild after a dozen Godzilla attacks.

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#7

Dubai, United Arab Emirates - 2005 And Now

Dubai, United Arab Emirates - 2005 And Now

lovindubai.com Report

Hiss like a leaf
Community Member
4 years ago

Literally a night and day difference!

Michel Guntern
Community Member
3 years ago

That was quick.

Ariel Carmen
Community Member
4 years ago

I can't believe how much change can take place in 10 years!

John Nathan Neil Dion
Community Member
3 years ago

The living testament of the power of money from oil

Evil Smiley
Community Member
4 years ago

Wow! All those buildings in just one decade!

Tetiana Kozhura
Community Member
4 years ago

I was there in 2006, was definitely more developed than this image.

Jennifer McCoy
Community Member
3 years ago

I moved there in 2006. This is 2005 in the Mall of the Emirates/Jumeirah area. That is exactly what it looked like in that part of town. The part of SZR closer to the first roundabout had some mini skyscrapers then, but that's off to the right in the picture, and way more developed now. Night and day difference.

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Koetjoe Berjoeang
Community Member
4 years ago

Impressive

Kimberly Librock Grant
Community Member
4 years ago

I'm not sure what that tall building is for but it looks like Napoleon complex to me.

José Valente
Community Member
3 years ago

Yes, you covered up the sand in ghastly skyscrapers and way too much paved roads than needed and lit it all up like you had money to burn (oh wait.. you do) and it still ends up as the ugliest city here though to be fair your neighbouring emirate's and national capital is close.

Uchman
Community Member
2 months ago

Your opinion makes no difference

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#8

Rio De Janeiro, Brazil - 1930 And Now

Rio De Janeiro, Brazil - 1930 And Now

Rafael Rabello de Barros Report

Robert Bailey
Community Member
4 years ago

Jesus Christ look at that.

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#9

Sydney, Australia - 1932 And Now

Sydney, Australia - 1932 And Now

The National Library of Australia Report

Virginia Laffitte
Community Member
4 years ago

LOVE SYDNEY!!

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#10

Shenzen, China - 1964 And Now

Shenzen, China - 1964 And Now

David McLeod Report

Alin Sas
Community Member
4 years ago

Those pictures clearly shows the increase of poluation

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#11

Fortaleza, Brazil - 1975 And Now

Fortaleza, Brazil - 1975 And Now

unknown Report

Catherine Hawkins
Community Member
4 years ago

They ruined it, it was better before

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#12

Bangkok, Thailand - 1988 And Now

Bangkok, Thailand - 1988 And Now

unknown Report

Matthew Dobeck
Community Member
4 years ago

How odd - what happened?

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#13

Athens, Greece - 1862 And Now

Athens, Greece - 1862 And Now

Francis Bedford , xstaz Report

Levan Tediashvili
Community Member
4 years ago

They just added electricity :D

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#14

Toronto, Canada - 1930 And Now

Toronto, Canada - 1930 And Now

Special Collections Toronto Public Library Report

Yvonne Bernal
Community Member
4 years ago

Gorgeous skyline.

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#15

Berlin, Germany - 1945 And 1990s

Berlin, Germany - 1945 And 1990s

rarehistoricalphotos.com , gettyimages.com Report

Catherine Hawkins
Community Member
4 years ago

if a picture before the war could be added it would be good

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#16

Jakarta, Indonesia 1960 And Now

Jakarta, Indonesia 1960 And Now

storkli.com Report

Rarindra Prakarsa
Community Member
4 years ago

I guess the "before" picture was taken after 1960 as the hotel (on the left) was ready to operate in 1962.

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#17

Melbourne, Australia - 1920 And Now

Melbourne, Australia - 1920 And Now

unknown Report

Michel Guntern
Community Member
3 years ago

Much better restaurants today.

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#18

London, The Great Britain - 1920 And Now

London, The Great Britain - 1920 And Now

Slava Stepanov Report

Laura Ingles.
Community Member
4 years ago

Apart from a few ugly ( sorry modern) buildings going up, my city doesn't change at all....

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#19

Istanbul, Turkey - 1905 And Now

Istanbul, Turkey - 1905 And Now

Public Domain Report

Arjan
Community Member
4 years ago

Only the boats got a lot bigger.

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#20

New York, Usa - 1962 And Now

New York, Usa - 1962 And Now

wirednewyork.com Report

Tiny Dynamine
Community Member
4 years ago

How the smog hangs...

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#21

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia - 1920 And Now

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia - 1920 And Now

unknown Report

#22

Chicago, Usa 1937 And Now

Chicago, Usa 1937 And Now

chicagotribune.com , yochicago.com Report

Robert O
Community Member
4 years ago

Rail yard (?) to park green space, good move

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#23

Shanghai, China - 1987 And Now

Shanghai, China - 1987 And Now

Carlos Barria Report

Roshan Siddamsetty
Community Member
4 years ago

That escalated quickly!

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#24

Los Angeles, Usa - 1940 And Now

Los Angeles, Usa - 1940 And Now

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Daniel Bailey
Community Member
3 years ago

The 1940s photo of Los Angeles appears to be a view of the Fairfax district with the Park La Brea residential complex (built in 1944) highlighted in the center. And the "Now" photo is of downtown Los Angeles, several miles away, with several of the more recent buildings missing. The Now photo is at least 5 years old.

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#25

San Francisco, USA - 1906 And Now

San Francisco, USA - 1906 And Now

Geo. R. Lawrence Co. Report

maryhadalittlelamb
Community Member
4 years ago

i love the before photo!

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#26

San Francisco, Usa - 1947 And Now

San Francisco, Usa - 1947 And Now

Redwood Empire Assn Report

Yrwin Ty
Community Member
4 years ago

Another city I absolutely loved when I went there!

#27

Dubai, United Arab Emirates 2005 And Now

Dubai, United Arab Emirates 2005 And Now

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Anusha Shetty
Community Member
4 years ago

Every other place has changed over a period of 40, 50, 100 years... But UAE changed drastically over a period of 10 years!

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#28

Long Beach, Usa - 1953 And Now

Long Beach, Usa - 1953 And Now

Jeff Gritchen Report

Evil Smiley
Community Member
4 years ago

The before was much better. It looks so crowded now.

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#29

Macau, China - 1964 And Now

Macau, China - 1964 And Now

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Simone Fjellø Mortensen
Community Member
4 years ago

This really change for the worse !

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#30

Hong Kong, China - 1980 And Now

Hong Kong, China - 1980 And Now

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Javka
Community Member
3 years ago

You should show Warsaw in 1945 and now :)

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#31

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia - 1920 And Present

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia - 1920 And Present

unknown , Aleksandr Cherednichenko Report

MiLe Vo
Community Member
3 years ago

Saigon, Vietnam, 1960 and now Untitled-1...48de7e.jpg Untitled-1-57871e148de7e.jpg