How much do you think Glasgow has changed in the last 50, 25 or even 10 years?

It seems like almost every day in the city there is a new arrival or a farewell to a familiar sight which, over time, transforms the cityscape.

Meanwhile, other iconic landmarks have truly stood the test of time and look just as they did in bygone eras. 

Here are some of Glasgow's most well-known sights - are you surprised at how much or little they have changed?

Argyll Arcade 

This indoor promenade lined with jewellery shops is full of romance for couples choosing the perfect engagement ring or picking out something sparkly for that special someone on their birthday or Christmas. 

Here is what Argyll Arcade looked like in 1969.

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Here it is in the present day. 

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Byres Road

The eclectic mixture of shops, restaurants, cafes and more has been keeping West Enders occupied and satisfied for decades. 

Many of the storefronts on Byres Road have changed since the 1960s - but one that has stood the test of time is the cosy little pub the Curler's Rest.

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St Enoch Square

Perhaps one of the most drastically altered sites in Glasgow, St Enoch Hotel used to dominate the square by the riverside. 

It was demolished in the late 1970s and was soon replaced by the St Enoch shopping centre, and now plans are in the making for that to be knocked down in favour of a street-level shopping experience in the city centre. 

One aspect that has remained, however, is the old ticket office - though these days it is home to a Caffe Nero. 

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Queen Street station

Millions of Glaswegians and those from further afield have passed through this station over the years. As one of Glasgow's major transport hubs, Queen Street has served the city well in getting us places.

While it has received multi-million-pound modernisations in recent years, its iconic glass arch has remained. 

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Kelvingrove Park

City dwellers -and indeed, nature lovers - appreciate the importance of a lush green space to provide a calm oasis in the hustle and bustle of Glasgow.

Apart from some electric lighting and the odd food truck, Kelvingrove in the West End has barely changed since this first picture was taken in 1945 - well, perhaps there are fewer sunbathers in this weather. 

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Over 200 feet tall, Cineworld on Glasgow's Renfrew Street is the tallest cinema in the UK.

But long before it stuck out over the cityscape in the heart of the city centre, this site was home to a much shorter, but just as entertaining, venue.

This was once the home of the Apollo, a now-iconic music venue which saw the likes of Sir Paul McCartney, Elton John and David Bowie to name a few performing there before it was demolished in 1989 to make way for the cinema. 

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