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Describe a place with historical significance

IELTS Cue Card/ Candidate Task Card 459 with Model Answer:

Describe a place with historical significance that you have visited.

You should say:
  • where it is
  • when you went there
  • what this place is like
and explain the historical significance of this place.

[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:
I want to see the world, understand the similarities and differences of various places and learn their history. And to do that, I have started with my own country. I want to visit the most important places in my country, and then explore the rest of the world over time. Thank you, sir/madam, very much for the opportunity and time to let me talk about a place with historical interest where I have been to.

A couple of years ago, I visited Bagerhat, a historical district in Bangladesh, and it was a memorable trip for me. I stayed in this famous place for three days and visited Shait Gambuj Moshjid (Sixty Dome Mosque), which carries both historical prominence and spiritual importance. 

Shait Gambuj Moshjid has quite an interesting and unique structural design, and it looks so beautiful. It stands on sixty stone pillars, and I believe this is how it got its name. The surrounding area is stunningly beautiful. Due to its historical importance, religious significance and beautiful design, it attracts a huge number of visitors each year. When I visited this place, I witnessed a large influx of tourists. I could not be sure which one was more important in attracting so many visitors - its structural design or the pious intention of visitors! 

Historically speaking, during the 15th century, a Muslim colony was founded in the mangrove forest of the Sundarbans, near the coast in the Bagerhat District by a saint-General, named Khan Jahan Ali. The construction of this mosque was started in 1442, and it was completed in 1459. It was an icon of that era and still stands to represent the glorious history of the Muslim colony in the area. It is one of the most significant structures of that time and represents stunning archaeological beauty - a signature of the 15th century.



Sample Answer 2:

Introduction:
Visiting a place with historical significance can be a captivating and enlightening experience, as it allows us to immerse ourselves in the rich tapestry of the past. One such place that left a profound impact on me is the Tower of London, situated in the heart of London, United Kingdom. For this nice topic, I would like to describe this place that I have visited.

Where it is:
The Tower of London stands majestically on the banks of the River Thames, within the bustling city of London. Its strategic location near the city centre makes it easily accessible to visitors from all over the world.

When you went there:
I had the privilege of visiting the Tower of London during a trip to London a few years ago. It was a sunny autumn day, and the historic allure of the tower was heightened by the vibrant colours of the surrounding foliage.

What this place is like:
The Tower of London is a remarkable architectural masterpiece that embodies centuries of history. As I stepped inside its ancient walls, I was transported back in time. The towering stone structure, fortified walls, and iconic White Tower were awe-inspiring. The site also comprises several smaller towers, each with its own unique story and significance.

And explain the historical significance of this place:
The Tower of London holds immense historical significance. Originally built in the 11th century by William the Conqueror, it has served various purposes throughout history. It has been a royal palace, a prison, a treasury, and even a menagerie. The tower witnessed key moments in British history, such as the execution of notable figures like Anne Boleyn and Sir Walter Raleigh.

However, what sets the Tower of London apart is its role as a repository for the Crown Jewels. The priceless collection of crowns, sceptres, and other regalia symbolizes the monarchy's power and heritage. The tower's historic and cultural importance is further highlighted by the presence of the Yeoman Warders, or "Beefeaters," who proudly protect and guide visitors through its storied past.

By exploring its halls, chambers, and exhibits, visitors can gain a deeper understanding of the country's rich heritage and the enduring legacy of its rulers.

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