Hauntingly Beautiful Pictures Of Budapest Yesterday And Today

Hungarian photographer Kerényi Zoltán gives a haunting perspective of his hometown of Budapest in his photo series Ablak a Multra, or “Window to the Past.”

Zoltán juxtaposes decades-old images of buildings and scenes around the cities with brand new photos, taken in the identical location as the originals. 

The images recently went viral on Reddit, and it’s easy to see why. Zoltán has shared a selection of his photographs from Budapest with us. To see more of his work, check out his Facebook page and website.

Budapest's parliament building in 1976, and today.

A running path on Margaret Island in the middle of Budapest's Danube River, in 1980 and today.

Swimmers frolic in a pool in 1971, and today.

Riders on a streetcar in 1954. Today it's a bus route through the city.

Strolling down Kiskörút, a major boulevard, in 1900 and more than a century later.

A street peddler in 1936, and a pedestrian today.

A crumbling brick building from 1958 has been replaced by a modern shop.

The street looks the same, but the modes of transportation have changed (1957 and today).

A photographer documents a tunnel in 1963 and today.

A walk on the promenade, in 1900 and today.

The Graf Zeppelin above Budapest in 1930, and the same stretch of sky today.

The Széchenyi Chain Bridge crosses the River Danube, in black-and-white and in colour.

The shore of the Danube in 1930, and today.

The King's statue at Fisherman's Bastion in Budapest, in 1930 and today.

A photo shoot at Fisherman's Bastion, 1967 and today.

This roundabout has not really changed since the 1950s.

Where a tank drove in 1956 is now a quiet street corner.

The tree that stood in 1935 is no longer there.

Another view of the Széchenyi Chain Bridge, in 1945 and today.

Sunbathing on Gellert Hill, 1969 and today.

Parachutes on the banks of the Danube in 1980, and a calmer scene today.

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