By Katy Cowan

French art director and blogger Julien Knez loves to take old photographs of Paris and photograph them at exactly the same spot from the same angle. This fascinating combination of past and present really hits home how much the City of Light has changed and experienced since the late 1800s.

Brought together for a new book – Paris, Fenêtres sur l’Histoire and published by Parigramme – the clever images are often based on the city’s icons, with vintage pictures dating between the 1870s and the late 1960s. From the famous Eiffel Tower and Notre Dame Cathedral to the elegant Champ Elysees and the Arc De Triomphe – Julien takes us on a trip back in time to historical events such as World War II and the Nazi Occupation, along with more peaceful moments such as the former trams that used to run on the streets of Paris.

As Julien explains: “When historical photographs are inserted into contemporary settings, we open astonishing windows to the past. More than ever, the inquisitive contemporary spectator is plunged into the depths of time, as if given the opportunity to stroll on different stages, at the heart of history in the making.”

Via Bored Panda

Place Vendôme, 1871

Place Vendôme, 1871

Rue du Faubourg-du-Temple, 1871

Rue du Faubourg-du-Temple, 1871

Jardin du Luxembourg, 1895

Jardin du Luxembourg, 1895

Tour Eiffel, 1900

Tour Eiffel, 1900

Place de l’Opéra, 1900

Place de l’Opéra, 1900

Quai de Conti, 1900

Quai de Conti, 1900

Le Moulin Rouge, 1900

Le Moulin Rouge, 1900

Arc de Triomphe, 1909

Arc de Triomphe, 1909

“Odéon” Station (Métro), 1910

“Odéon” Station (Métro), 1910

Boulevard Saint-Denis, 1910

Boulevard Saint-Denis, 1910

La Seine. Notre-Dame, 1930

La Seine. Notre-Dame, 1930

Le Printemps. Boulevard Haussmann, 1930

Le Printemps. Boulevard Haussmann, 1930

Place de l’Opéra, 1940

Place de l’Opéra, 1940

Hôtel-de-Ville, 1944

Hôtel-de-Ville, 1944

Le Grand Palais, 1944

Le Grand Palais, 1944

Rue Gay-Lussac, 1968

Rue Gay-Lussac, 1968

Read more here:: Paris Then & Now: Composite photographs that compare the city today with the past