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Describe an interesting historic place

IELTS Cue Card/ Candidate Task Card 430 with Model Answer:

Describe an interesting historic place.

You should say:
  • what it is
  • where it is located
  • what you can see there now
and explain why this place is interesting.

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


Model Answer 1:
Thank you for allowing me the opportunity to talk something on this interesting cue card topic. I am not exactly a well-travelled person, but luckily, I have had the opportunity to visit a few historic places, and today, I would like to go ahead and talk about one of them here.

The interesting and historic place, I want to talk about here, is popularly known as “Stonehenge”. Located in the English county of Wiltshire, two miles west of Amesbury, Stonehenge is better described as a prehistoric monument or site which actually been shrouded by more mysteries and myths than facts. But, whether mysterious or not, this prehistoric site, displaying the most architecturally sophisticated prehistoric stone circle in the world, attracts close to a million tourists every year.

Anyway, today, people can see a ring of standing stones there, each around 13 feet high, seven feet wide, and weighing around 25 tons. The stones are set within earthworks in the middle of the densest complex of Neolithic and Bronze Age monuments in England, including several hundred tumuli (burial mounds). Regarded as one of the most famous British cultural icons, this famous British landmark is believed to have been constructed between 3000 BC and 2000 BC.

By the way, it is a huge site, and there is more to see there than the obvious. In fact, people can also see dozens of barrows and at least 250 archaeological treasures (as part of a Stonehenge exhibition), including pottery, tools, jewellery, and even human remains. Besides, people can also see Neolithic houses and gift shops there.

Anyway, this place is interesting mainly because it has some of the oldest traces of human culture and history. It is certainly very mysterious and unique because some call it an ancient healing centre while others consider it as an alien landing site. But, the fact that we’ll just never know the full answer about why it was built and how it was used only adds even more to its aura of mystery.


Sample Answer 2:
One of the most captivating historic places I've visited is the Colosseum in Rome, Italy. This ancient amphitheatre stands proudly in the heart of Rome, a testament to the architectural genius of the Roman Empire.

The Colosseum, also known as the Flavian Amphitheatre, is a grand structure located in the center of Rome. Constructed between AD 70 and 80, it once served as a bustling arena for gladiatorial contests, public spectacles, and dramas. It could hold up to 50,000 spectators from various walks of life, showcasing the opulence and might of ancient Rome.

Today, while parts of the Colosseum have succumbed to the ravages of time, it remains a majestic and awe-inspiring sight. Visitors can explore the colossal outer walls, arches, and corridors that have withstood centuries of history. The interior offers glimpses into the amphitheatre's former grandeur, displaying remnants of the underground tunnels and the arena floor.

The Colosseum's historical significance and architectural brilliance make it an intriguing site. It symbolizes the grandeur and cultural heritage of ancient Rome, reflecting the engineering prowess of that era. Its massive structure evokes wonder about the events that once took place within its walls, fostering a sense of connection to the past.

Moreover, the Colosseum is a cultural icon and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Its historical value extends beyond Italy, drawing millions of visitors annually from across the globe. Exploring this ancient marvel not only offers a glimpse into the past but also instills a profound appreciation for the ingenuity and legacy of civilizations long gone. The palpable sense of history within its walls makes it an enthralling destination for history enthusiasts and tourists alike.

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