We don’t pay enough attention to the subtle changes that make their way into our environment. We tend to miss out on awesome transformations which continually seem to pass by us. Many significant sights and cities have undergone amazing redesigns and developed along with our modernized world.
Looking at the changes can be pretty shocking, and it can give us a new perspective on how far we’ve come. The world has seen drastic improvements over time, from high-rises to exciting renovations. Let this be a reminder of how much pride and appreciation you should have for our world as it is.
Moulin Rouge Cabaret In 1950
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The spot in Paris, Frace was the home for French artists like Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec. The same man made their famous posters frequently before it was accidentally burnt down in 1915. Eventually, it was rebuilt and revived as a club for entertainers during the Roaring Twenties.
Moulin Rouge is best known as the birthplace of the modern form of the can-can dance. Originally, it was introduced as a seductive dance by the courtesans who operated from the site.
Moulin Rouge Cabaret Today
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Today, the Moulin Rouge is a tourist attraction. It offers musical dance entertainment for visitors from around the world. The club’s decor still contains a lot of the romance of the fin de siecle France.
It’s open to the public as the place has been featured in numerous films and documentaries, most notably, the jukebox musical romantic-comedy film, Moulin Rouge! starring Nicole Kidman and Ewan McGregor. The film was nominated for eight Oscars including Best Picture and Best Actress. One of the most popular streets in New York is just ahead!
Mulberry Street 1900
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The street is historically associated with Italian-American culture and history. The street was listed on maps of the area since at least 1755. The “Bend” in Mulberry, where the street changes from southeast to northwest to a northerly direction, was made to avoid the wetlands surrounding the Collect Pond.
During the American Revolution, the street was commonly referred to as “Slaughter-house Street.” It was named after the slaughterhouse of Nicholas Bayard on what is now the southwest corner of Mulberry and Bayard Streets.
Mulberry Street Today
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Mulberry Bend, formed by the street on the east and Orange Street on the west, is a historical part of the core of the infamous Five Points. The southwest corner of Mulberry Bend formed part of the Five Points intersection.
Aside from Mulberry, the other streets in the point include Worth Street (formerly Anthony Street), Mosco Street (formerly Cross Street) Orange Street and Little Water Street. The last street no longer exists today. Dubai wasn’t much of a tourist attraction, so read ahead to see what happened before the city became such a popular place!
Dubai, UAE 2007
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The global city quickly transitioned from being a dull desert city to becoming a popular place to travel. It’s one of the most visited cities in the Middle East. Dubai never attracted enough attention from around the world, until it spent some dough on its construction projects and sports events.
This would lead to Dubai being ranked the most expensive city in the Middle East. In 2014, Dubai’s hotel rooms were rated as the second-most expensive in the world.
Dubai, UAE 2018
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Countless skyscrapers were built over the last decade. That includes the tallest tower in the world, the Burj Khalifa, which was confirmed to be the tallest ever by Guinness World Records.
The oil revenue initially launched its development, but nowadays, its funding relies primarily on tourism, real estate, and aviation. Summers in Dubai are hot, windy, and humid, and it usually gets over 100 degrees in those months. The hottest month in Dubai is in August. Have you ever gone to Coney Island? The famous roller coaster is coming up.
Cyclone At Coney Island 1985
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The wooden roller coaster was originally part of the Astroland theme park. Now, it’s apart of Luna Park. The coaster was declared a New York City landmark on July 12, 1988, and it was placed on the National Register of Historic Places on June 26, 1991.
The cyclone operated for more than four decades before it began to deteriorate. By the early seventies, the city planned to scrap the ride until Astroland owners Dewey and Jerome Albert came to an agreement with New York City to operate the ride.
Roller Coaster At Coney Island 2015
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The roller coaster would be refurbished in 1974 and it would reopen on July 3, 1975. Astroland Park continued to invest in millions of dollars over the years in the upkeep of the ride.
However, after Astroland closed in 2008, president of Cyclone Coasters, Carol Hill Albert, continued to operate it under a lease agreement with the city. In 2011, the adjacent Luna Park took over management of the Cyclone. As of 2016, it costs $10 to ride and the “re-ride” policy was officially abolished. Berlins most fascinating museum is up next!
The Bode Museum Of The Museum Island 1920
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Ernest von Ihne completed the museum in 1904. It was originally called the Kaiser-Friedrich-Museum after Emperor Frederick III. The museum would be renamed in honor of its first curator, Wilhelm von Bode, in 1956.
Bode, who believed in mixing art collections, is now the home of a collection of sculptures, Byzantine art, coins, and medals. The presentations of the artwork collections are both geographic and chronological.
The Bode Museum Of The Museum Island 2018
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The museum would be closed for repairs in 1997, and it reopened on October 18, 2006. Writing in The Financial Times, Neil MacGregor, director of the British Museum, hailed the renovations as the “most comprehensive display of European sculpture anywhere.”
MacGregor would add “It’s no exaggeration to say that in the new Bode Museum, Europe will be able to read its history for the first time in a long time.” It seems as if this is the place to be when tourists are out-and-about in Berlin, Germany. This next site contains the remains of several ancient buildings in Greece.
The Acropolis of Athens
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The ancient citadel contains the remains of several ancient buildings of great historic importance. The most famous of them all is the Parthenon. The term acropolis is generic and there are many other acropoleis in Greece.
The significance of the Acropolis of Athen is that it’s commonly known as “The Acropolis” without any qualification. During the ancient times, it was known as Cecropia, after the legendary serpent-man, Cecrops, the first Athenian King.
The Acropolis of Athens 2018
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Every four years, the Athenians had a festival called the Panathenaea that rivaled the Olympic Games in popularity. During the festival, a procession traveled through the city via the Panathenaic Way and culminated on the Acropolis.
There, a new robe of woven wool was placed on either the statue of Athena Polias in the Erechtheum or on the statue of Athena Parthenos in the Parthenon. Within the later tradition of Western Civilization, the Acropolis has often been invoked as a key symbol of the Greek Legacy and of the glories of Classical Greece. The story behind Australia’s beautiful beach is just ahead.
Bondi Beach 1900
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“Bondi” comes from the Aboriginal term meaning water breaking over rocks or noise of water breaking over rocks. The Austrailian Museum records that “Bondi” means a place where a fight using bondi sticks took place. In 1851, Edward Smith Hall and Francis O’Brien purchased 200 acres of the Bondi area.
As the beach became popular, O’Brien threatened to stop public beach access. However, the Municipal Council believed the government needed to intervene to make the beach a public reserve.
Bondi Beach 2018
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Bondi Beach is represented in one of the most popular sporting competitions across Australia. It’s also the end point of the City to Surf Fun Run, which is held each year in August.
The race attracts over 60,000 entrants who must compete in the 14km run from the central business district of Sydney to the beach. At the 2000 Summer Olympics, the beach played host to the beach volleyball competition with temporary-seating of 10,000. The before and after shots of the skyline of Chicago is worth the read.
Chicago Skyline 1975
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The buildings and architecture of Chicago have influenced and reflected the history of American culture. The built-in environment of the Windy City is reflective of the city’s history, along with its multicultural heritage.
That features buildings in a variety of styles by many significant architects. Since most downtown structures were destroyed by the Great Chicago Fire of 1871, the city buildings are known for their originality instead of their antiquity.
Chicago Skyline 2014
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Numerous architects have constructed landmark buildings. Among them is the so-called Chicago Seven. There’s James Ingo Freed, Tom Beeby, Larry Booth, Stuart Cohen, James Nagle, Stanley Tigerman, and Ben Weese.
Interestingly enough, Daniel Burnham was the one who led the design of the “White City” of the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition. The city is also well known for the wealth of its public art, including works from artists such as Chagall and Picasso. The next one ahead shows a side of Los Angeles you probably haven’t seen.
Los Angeles City Hall 1930
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The building was designed by John C. Austin and Albert C. Martin Sr. Dedication ceremonies for the cities new political office were held on April 26, 1928. City Hall has an observation deck free to the public and open Monday through Friday during business hours.
The peak of the pyramid at the top is an airplane beacon in honor of the late Colonel Charles A Lindberg. The building was designated as Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monument in 1976.
Los Angeles City Hall 2016
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The Mayor of Los Angeles has an office in room 300 of the building. City Hall and the federal, state, and county buildings are served by the Civic Center station on the L.A. Metro Red Line and Purple Line. The Silver Line stops right in front of the building.
The Los Angeles Dodgers wore a commemorative uniform patch in 2018 to celebrate the 60 years in the city depicting a logo of Los Angeles City Hall. The building was also featured in The Bad News Bears and Perry Mason. Up next: London’s most fascinating bridge has been around since the nineteenth century.
London Tower Bridge 1893
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Built between 1886 and 1894, the bridge crosses the River Thames close to the Tower of London. It’s become an iconic symbol for the country, but it can often be confused with the London Bridge.
The bridge is now owned and maintained by the Bridge House Estates, a charitable trust which is overseen by the City of London Corporation. The bridge consists of two bridge towers tied together at the upper level by two horizontal walkways.
London Tower Bridge 2018
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In April 2008, the bridge went under a big facelift. The work stripped off the existing paint down to bare metal with it being repainted in blue and white. The renovation of the walkway interior was completed in mid-2009.
Within the walkways, a versatile new lighting system was installed. The new system provides a great feature and atmospheric lighting. For the 2012 London Olympics, the bridge had a set of Olympic rings until the closing ceremonies.