IELTS Cue Card Sample 430 - Describe a historical city you have been to

IELTS Speaking Part 2: IELTS Cue Card/ Candidate Task Card.

Describe a historical city you have been to.

You should say:

  • what the city was
  • when you went to the city
  • what you did there

and explain why you think it was a historical city.

Sample Answer:
This is an interesting topic to talk about and I would like to thank you for the opportunity to  let me talk about a historical city I have been to. I love to travel, experience exotic food and learn about different traditions and customs. Alexandria was a very important port city in Egypt and this is the historical city I would like to talk about.

Alexandria was founded in 331 BC in Egypt by Alexander the Great and this is one of the most significant historical city in the world history. It is now the second largest city and the largest seaport in Egypt. After its foundation, it became an important centre for the Hellenistic civilisation. The Roman and the Byzantine ruled Egypt for about a thousand years and then the Muslim conquested it in 641 AD. Alexandria was the second most powerful city in the ancient time and the Lighthouse of Alexandria, Great library, Necropolis and other historic significances of this city make it an important historic city of all time.

I visited this city in 2012 when I was in my 4th semester at my university. It was a study excursion that our university arranged for the interested students. Along with a group of 15 students, three teachers also went with us on this excursion. In fact, this was quite a memorable tour for me.

Visiting Alexandria was quite a remarkable experience for me. I love to travel and being in a city which bears evidence of the world history was something  extraordinary. We went to the Temple of Taposiris Magna, roamed the streets in Alexandria, visited Kom El Shoqafa and many other historic places. On our 4th day in this city, we were introduced to a group of university students and we had a  great chance to learn about many aspects of Egypt. On the 6th day, we completed an assessment that one of our teachers gave us. At night, we often walked the streets and enjoyed the night life. We also saw the Pompey's Pillar which is one of the best known ancient monuments standing in Alexandria and we did so the day before we left Alexandria.

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