Paris Latin Quarter: before and after…
Posted in paris February 26th, 2008 by piablog

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I often wonder what life was like for the people who lived in Paris a couple of centuries ago. Did they see the same things that I see today? Did they look down at the same cobblestones? Well, have a look at these to find out…

La rue Soufflot in 1850…

And today, 158 years later…

Le Carrefour de l’Odéon in 1850..

And today…

The 6th arrondissement back in the 1800’s…

And today, with the looming Montparnasse tower in the background…

and some more…




Pretty cool non? Amazing to think that we have been walking the same streets for all these years. Click here to see some more.

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  1. Vic says

    You know how I feel about Paris.. these photos are amazing and I’m now trying to stop myself from heading over to the Eurostar website.

    February 26th, 2008 | #

  2. Design for Mankind says

    Oh wow— I LOVE those photographs!

    February 26th, 2008 | #

  3. Barb McMahon says

    Thank you for these! Five weeks and counting and we’ll be there…

    February 26th, 2008 | #

  4. Julie says

    Amazing is right! Truly fantastic.

    February 26th, 2008 | #

  5. lynne says

    so great – i have some pics of manhattan from the 20’s and 30’s when my granparents were young – should scan them and put them up! funny pia, but i was looking at them only a few days ago!

    February 27th, 2008 | #

  6. Pia says

    so glad you like!

    lynne you should definately put the shots up on your blog, i’d love to see them.

    February 27th, 2008 | #

  7. nataJane says

    These are beautiful!

    February 27th, 2008 | #

  8. josephine says

    oh, i love these! photos of paris are a sure fire way to get my heart racing.

    February 27th, 2008 | #

  9. marie says

    wow! it would be lovely to visit paris 100 years ago!

    February 27th, 2008 | #

  10. Beve says

    These are great pics of Paris. One question, how did they clear the streets?!?

    February 28th, 2008 | #

  11. corine@HiddenInFrance says

    I feel homesick and nostalgic. What a wonderful post.

    February 28th, 2008 | #

  12. Eugene says

    Woww these are amazing! I’ve never been to France but I’ve been saving up for a long time and practicing my French! I don’t think I can make it this summer, but definitely the next (:

    March 1st, 2008 | #

  13. Liz says

    aaaahhh, Paris. I lived in the 15th near Montparnasse when I was at universite, such a cool view from one century to yet another… makes me miss Paris, and even more, that time in my life… such nostalgia, such bonne homie…

    March 4th, 2008 | #

  14. anne says

    so pretty! to walk the streets of paris! do you know the photos of eugene atget? he took the most beautiful paris photos before the remodeling of the city 🙂

    March 6th, 2008 | #

  15. Bhavna says

    Incredible photos…

    March 11th, 2008 | #

  16. karline says

    Great pictures. Really brings back the parisian feeling.
    It is amazing to think about what the streets have seen.

    March 12th, 2008 | #

  17. this is glamorous says

    These are incredible — it’s amazing to imagine all the history of so many years in these grand old buildings. Lovely, lovely post.


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  19. racy_rick says

    Incredible pictures. I love that the history is all under your feet and that buildings that are well-built will last hundreds of years. Now *that* is foresight. (now you just have to stop major facists from bombing you)

    I’d love to see a before and after of Dresden Germany. I hear the Frauenkirche is almost fully completed. It was really genocide what they did to Dresden.

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