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Juxtaposed Photos Explore the Past and Present of Paris

 The magnificent city of Paris captivates people from all over the world with its magic and romance. The capital of France was founded around the end of the 3rd century BC. Today, the city became one of the most popular travel destinations in the world. 

While modern-day Paris is astoundingly beautiful, the city has gone through a lot of changes over the past several decades. Photographer Julien Knez attempted to bring Parisian history to life through these amazing photos of old and new Paris combined. These photos show us a window into Paris’ past and reveal how much the historical city has and hasn't changed through the years. The pictures below are a selection from Knez's book, "Paris: Fenêtres sur l'Histoire." Take a look.

See Also: Paris 100 Years Ago: A Story in Photos

1. Tour Eiffel (Eiffel Tower), 1900

Then and Now: Paris, Eiffel
Image credit: Julien Knez 

2. Place de l’Opéra (a square near the the Palais Garnier Opera House), 1940

Then and Now: Paris, Place de l’Opéra
Image credit: Julien Knez 

3. Place Vendôme (a famous square in Paris), 1871

Then and Now: Paris, Place Vendôme
Image credit: Julien Knez 

4. Jardin du Luxembourg (Luxembourg Gardens), 1895

Then and Now: Paris, Jardin du Luxembourg
Image credit: Julien Knez 

5. Place de l’Opéra (a square near the the Palais Garnier Opera House), 1900

Then and Now: Paris, Place de l’Opéra,
Image credit: Julien Knez 

6. La Seine. Notre-Dame (view of the Notre Dame Cathedral from the Seine river), 1930

Then and Now: Paris, La Seine. Notre-Dame
Image credit: Julien Knez 

7. Arc de Triomphe (The Triumphal Arch of the Star), 1909

Then and Now: Paris, Arc de Triomphe,
Image credit: Julien Knez 

8. “Odéon” Station (Paris Métro), 1910

Then and Now: Paris, Odéon” Station Métro
Image credit: Julien Knez 

9. Le Printemps (a department store) on Haussmann Boulevard, 1930

Then and Now: Paris,  Le Printemps. Boulevard Haussmann
Image credit: Julien Knez 

10. Le Moulin Rouge (Moulin Rouge), 1900

Then and Now: Paris, Moulin Rouge
Image credit: Julien Knez 

11. Le Grand Palais (Great Palace), 1944

Then and Now: Paris, Grand Palais
Image credit: Julien Knez 

12. Rue du Faubourg-du-Temple (a historical street in Paris), 1871

Then and Now: Paris, Rue du Faubourg-du-Temple,
Image credit: Julien Knez 

13. Quai de Conti (a riverfront street in Paris), 1900

Then and Now: Paris, Quai de Conti,
Image credit: Julien Knez 

14. Boulevard Saint-Denis (St. Denis Boulevard), 1910

Then and Now: Paris, Boulevard Saint-Denis
Image credit: Julien Knez 

15. Hôtel-de-Ville (City Hall), 1944

Then and Now: Paris, Hôtel-de-Ville
Image credit: Julien Knez 
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