Cue Card Sample

Describe a historical place you have been to - Cue Card # 744

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

Describe a historical place/site you have been to.

You should say:

  • what place/site it is
  • what people can see there
  • what you enjoyed there the most

and explain how you felt about being there.

[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 had the enriching opportunity to visit the historic site of Machu Picchu, nestled high in the Andes Mountains of Peru. This ancient Incan citadel is renowned for its architectural marvels and breathtaking vistas. For this topic, I would like to share my experience of visiting this place.

Machu Picchu offers a mesmerizing panorama of well-preserved stone structures, including temples, terraces, and plazas that showcase the advanced engineering skills of the Inca civilization. The intricately crafted stone walls, with precision-fitted blocks, stand as a testament to the ingenuity of the Incan architects.

What captivated me the most during my visit was the Intihuatana stone, a ritual stone associated with astronomy and believed to hold spiritual significance. Standing before this ancient relic, I could feel a palpable connection to the past, imagining the ceremonies and daily life of the people who once inhabited this awe-inspiring site.

Exploring Machu Picchu was an emotional and reflective experience. The grandeur of the landscape, coupled with the profound historical significance of the site, evoked a sense of reverence and admiration. Standing at the Sun Gate and witnessing the sunrise over the vast Andean mountains, I couldn't help but marvel at the resilience and vision of the ancient civilization that created such a remarkable marvel.

Being at Machu Picchu was a humbling and spiritually uplifting encounter. The sheer magnitude of history embedded in the stones, coupled with the natural beauty that surrounded it, made this visit a truly unforgettable journey through time. It instilled in me a deep appreciation for the wonders of the ancient world and a profound sense of connection to the broader tapestry of human history.


Model Answer 2:

Malacca city in Malaysia is quite a unique place which I was lucky enough to visit a couple of years ago. And specifically, Saint Paul's Hill in Malacca is a great historic place to be. This site dates back to the time when the Portuguese conquered the city in 1511, and I would like to talk about this mesmerising place for this topic.

Saint Paul's Hill is in the heart of Malacca city and a popular tourist destination. Malacca has so many historical and unique tourist attractions and sites which I enjoyed to the fullest, but nothing beats Saint Paul's Hills. The Saint Paul's Church is at the top of the hill and it was built by the Portuguese Catholics. These days, only the walls, frames and a glimpse of an astounding architectural style remain, but the historical prominence and its glory still boast its significance in every way possible.

When the Dutch invaded the city in around 1641, the church was used as a burial place. Later, during the British colony, the Church was used as a powder magazine. A statue of Saint Francis Xavier still stands there who used to preach in the church. I learned about so many historical facts while visiting this place from a tour guide that we hired.

St. Paul's Hill also bears the presence of Stadthuys and the Christian church, which signifies the Dutch era in Malacca. The hill also has a replica of the 'Melaka Sultanate Palace' which gave me immense pleasure when I visited there. Finally, I also noticed an entrance to the Portuguese fortress which I liked the most due to its extraordinary presence and architectural style.

The experience of walking at Saint Paul's Hill on a fine afternoon and witnessing so many interesting historical significance was something I will remember for a long time. I enjoyed every bit of my time when I visited there, and I hope to visit it again if time permits me.

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