IELTS Cue Card Sample 440 - Famous building / landmark in your hometown

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

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.

Sample Answer:
Thank you very much for this wonderful topic. I would like to talk about the ‘City Museum’ which is located in the western part of the city I live in and which is one of the most popular buildings in our town.

This building once was the city hall and was built in 1756 by the Portuguese. Some renovation works have been done on this museum but the original design of it was not changed. The city museum still gives an impression of a fine architecture of the past and attracts so many tourists each day. People like to look at it and praise the design of this building. The interior of it is full of historical evidence of our past and a museum visitor is bound to love his tour in this museum for the reach experience it offers to everybody. This building is located near a park and the central library which is well known among the local people. As I said, it is more than 250 years old and in fact, one of the most visited and the oldest building in our city.

This building is a very important architectural proof of mid-Eighteen century. It looks like a castle from far away while it gives the impression of a gigantic temple when it is looked very closely. This red coloured building was turned into a museum in 1920 and all the history lovers around the world visit it for the local history and other important objects it holds.

In my opinion, this is a quite important building in our city. First, it represents our past and it signifies our present also. All the important historical and cultural objects and proofs have been stored there. Besides, this is one of the most popular tourist spots in our city that not only earns a huge sum of money but also introduces our local culture to the visiting tourists. To elucidate the importance of this building I can mention that this building reflects our pride and the government spends a large some amount of money each year to maintain its originality. In my childhood, I lived in an urban area and I read about this building in my textbook probably in grade three or four.

Part 3 – Two-way discussion:

Q. Is it important to conserve old buildings?

Q. What famous landmarks your city / hometown has?  

Q. What is the importance of old historical building?  

Q. Do many people in your country live in old buildings?

Q. What do you prefer, an old or a modern building to live in?

Q. How the modern buildings are different than that of old buildings?

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