Whenever we mention the word ‘vintage’, our mind forms a black and white image of that particular place. But, do you ever wonder how a city, a tourist spot or an iconic landmark used to look like before it got popular? Have you ever imagined what the stunning Taj Mahal or the grand Eiffel Tower looked like in the early 19th century? Well, here we have compiled some interesting vintage photographs of some famous tourist attractions from the bygone era.
The Taj Mahal, India
The Taj Mahal needs no introduction. This gorgeous ivory-white marble mausoleum, on the banks of the River Yamuna in Agra, was built in 1632 by the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan for his beloved wife, Mumtaz Mahal. The mausoleum houses the tombs of Shah Jahan and Mumtaz Mahal. In 1983, it was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and in the early 2000s, it was declared one of the Seven Wonders of the World (2000–2007).
The Great Sphinx of Giza(Egypt) in 1870’s
Commonly known as the Sphinx of Giza, this limestone statue of a mythical creature having a lion’s body and human’s head is an incredible piece of art. The statue stands tall on the Giza Plateau, on the banks of the River Nile in Giza, Egypt. This is one of the ancient sculptures in Egypt and it is believed that it was designed and sculpted by ancient Egyptians sometime between in BC. The picture of the Great Sphinx, partly under the sand, was taken in the 1870s.
The Colosseum( Italy) in 1750’s
The Colosseum or the Flavian Amphitheatre is an oval-shaped amphitheatre built right in the heart of Rome, Italy. Made using volcanic rock, limestone and concrete, it was the largest amphitheatre of its time and could accommodate 50000 to 80000 spectators. As per historians, the popular Roman landmark was constructed during the reign of emperor Vespasian in AD 72 and was completed in AD 80. It is that old, and the picture here shows the amphitheater during the 1750s.
Statue of Liberty, USA
The Statue of Liberty or the Liberty Enlightening the World is a colossal sculpture standing tall on Liberty Island in New York City. The gorgeous copper statue of a lady with a lamp, was gifted to the USA from France. The famous French artist Frédéric Auguste Bartholdi was the one, who designed the sculptor while its metal framework was built by Eiffel Tower famed engineer, Gustave Eiffel. This picture of Lady Liberty was taken in the year 1927.
Eiffel Tower in Paris
Eiffel Tower is probably one of the most celebrated structures in the world visited by lakhs of tourists every year. This iron tower in Paris is named after its engineer Gustave Eiffel, who designed and constructed it between 1887 and 1889. Today, Eiffel Tower is a global cultural icon of France and is among the most-visited paid monuments in the world. This picture of the tower was taken in 1889, on the day when the Universal Exhibition in Paris was inaugurated.
London Bridge(UK) in 1890’s
The iconic London Bridge in the United Kingdom has been an inspiration for several poems and songs, including the famous nursery rhyme London Bridge Is Falling Down, and the epic poem The Waste Land by T. S. Eliot. Until other bridges were not opened in the city, London Bridge was the only option for road-crossing from the Thames downstream of Kingston upon Thames. This picture of London Bridge belongs from the late 19th century.
Times Square in 1945
Formerly known as Longacre Square, Times Square is one prime tourist destination, entertainment hub, and commercial intersection, in New York City. This is the place renowned for its gigantic billboards and advertisements in the USA. The square was renamed in 1904 after The New York Times moved its headquarters here. One of the most visited spots in the world, the Times Square attracts millions of visitors every year. This picture, which was taken on the eve of Valentine’s Day in 1945, is a proof of its huge fan following.
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