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Describe a famous building / landmark

IELTS Cue Card Question 75 With Model Answer:

Describe a famous building/landmark in your hometown.

You should say:
  • where it is
  • how old it is
  • how it looks
And explain why you think it is an important landmark/ building.  

[You will have to talk about the topic for one to two minutes. You have one minute to think about what you're going to say. You can make some notes to help you if you wish.]

Model Answer 1:
France is a globally renowned country with several tourist spots and the Eiffel Tower is the most prominent one in the country and resembles France in the world.

The Eiffel Tower is an iron made tower located at the Champ De Mars in Paris in France and has become the symbol of French culture across the globe. The tower has been named after an engineer – Gustav Eiffel. He was assigned to design the tower and was made initially as the entrance of a fair named World’s Fair in 1889. Although there are several levels in the tower, only three is accessible for the visitors and tourists in the country. At first, the design to make the tower was assigned to Eiffel’s company and then the outline was sketched to make the tower. A notable time has been invested in making the design perfect and an enhanced one but there were some technical troubles for the practical use of the tower.

The tower was made in 1889 and over 125 years have passed since its construction. The tower is made of iron and the construction process was done in several phases. During the construction period, it was considered as the tallest structure in the world and the Washington monument of the USA was defeated in comparison to height. It was the tallest structure on earth for 41 years (until 1930 when the construction of Chrysler Building in NY began), but now it is taller than the Chrysler building as an aerial has been added on the top of the structure.   

The tower looks special. The base is spread and gradually the spread part has risen sharply to make the top. Now the tower is comparable to an 81-storied building in height and the visitors can use the observatory platform of the tower which is located over 900 feet from the ground level. After built, the Eiffel Tower experienced negative criticisms from some the French architects and intellectuals for its unusual design but gradually it has become the symbol of Paris and France.

This Eiffel Tower is now globally recognised. Many of the global visitors come to Paris only to enjoy the beauty of the tower. As a result, it has become the place where the people of all nations meet together.

Model Answer 2:
There are a good number landmarks are available in Spain, and to be particular in Bilbao. This is a great city in northern Spain and filled with various landmarks. Among them, the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao is an attractive building and landmark which attracts a good number of visitors annually.

The museum is located in the centre of the city and exhibits the relics of the contemporary and modern art. The museum was designed by a foreign architect. This is one of the most prestigious and attractive buildings in the city. The structure is the representation of the United demand that the people of the city had been desiring for long ago. This is the architectural culture of the city and the museum also was the most important work that was cited in everywhere across the country. This is now a wonder for the global architects.   

Officially the museum was opened on 18 October in 1997. Former King Juan Carlos I inaugurated the museum. He was a king of Spain and after his retirement from his responsibilities, he takes part in social activities. On the other side, the museum is located on the side of Nervion River and the visitors can have a great chance to enjoy the natural beauty of the river from the museum. The river runs to the Cantabrian Sea. The museum belongs to Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation. The foundation has some other museums and structures across the world. The museum exhibits various types of artworks from local and international artists. As a result, the number of the collection is huge and thus it has become one of the largest museums in the country.

The cost of building the museum was around 89 million US dollars. A good number of local residents were invited before opening the museum formally. A light show and concert were arranged marking the event. The museum looked stunning. The museum structure is basically based on the urban architecture and made with the shape of cladding in glass, limestone and titanium. In fact, the design of the museum is something special and daring. Such structures are not available in the city or country. The building exterior has some random curves and the design is made to catch the light. Besides, the interior part of the museum is also wonderful. The interior is designed with a large atrium that is filled with light. It also looks like the shape of a flower and is the centre of the museum. The building earned the fame of the most spectacular structure in the world immediately after its formal opening. In fact, it was a masterpiece of the century and a brilliant representation of architecture.    

This is an important landmark in the city for many reasons. It has some international recognition which attracts a substantial number of crowds. Besides, it has an interesting look and shape is different than the ordinary structures in the city. The river view of the city is most appealing for the viewers. The exhibition space is also larger than the other museums in the city. Most importantly, the galleries are identified from outside due to their shape. The exhibitions are permanent and showcase the cultural value of the locality and the response of the ordinary people. But I believe this is the most important landmark for its architectural value.

If you can talk about the cue card topic "Describe a famous building/landmark in your hometown." you should be able to talk about the following IELTS cue cards as well:  
  1. Describe a tourist spot in your country. 
  2. Describe a famous building or tourist attraction you know about. 
  3. Describe an unusual building or landmark you have seen. 
  4. Describe a place you would like to visit. 
  5. Describe a famous art/ monument/ landmark you know about. 
  6. Describe a tourist attraction in your country.

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