IELTS Cue Card # 143 - Describe an interesting historic place

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

Describe an interesting historic place.

You should say:

  • what it is
  • where it is located
  • what you can see or do there now

and explain why this historic place is interesting.


Model Answer 1:

Historical places always intrigue me, as they almost always carry some kinds of special memories and messages in order to help us understand and respect the people of different eras, which significantly shape up our world one way or another. Today, I would like to talk about one such historical place which probably holds more significance in our part of the world called “India” than any other place because of its devastating political, economic and geographical effects.

The name of this historical place is called “Palashi”, anglicised as Plassey, which is located in Nadia district in the Indian state of “West Bengal”. It is particularly well known due to the Battle of Plassey which was fought in June 1757, between the private army of the British East India Company and the army of the last independent king of the then undivided Bengal called Nawab Siraj Ud Daulah.

The name “Palashi”, the name of a village on the bank of a river called “Hooghly”, is derived from the Bengali word for a red-flowered tree named “Pôlash” (but “Butea” in English”).  This is the place that witnessed the monumental betrayal of a Bengali army general called “Mir Jafar Ali Khan”, working under king Siraj Ud Daulah, which eventually led to the defeat of a 50,000 strong army men of the kingdom of Bengal against an army of only 3,000 soldiers, led by an English Lieutenant-general called Robert Clive. By visiting this great historical place, one can see the monument, commonly known as the “Palashi” Monument, which is marked with shrines, obelisks and memorials to the fallen generals and soldiers of Siraj Ud-Daulah, who fought to their deaths to save their last independent king.  

Anyway, this is a very significant and interesting historical place, mainly because it was from the war victory of this place that the British were able to establish their reign all over the Indian subcontinent slowly but surely. Besides, this place also provides a glimpse of a very glorious and rich past of a nation which still hasn’t fully recovered from the setback of a devastating defeat more than 250 years ago.


Model Answer 2:

Machu Picchu in southern Peru is a very fascinating historic place, and I have great enthusiasm about this place. Though I haven't visited this place yet, I would definitely love to be there someday. I mostly learned about this place from one of my friends who visited there, and also from the TV, internet and newspapers.

Machu Picchu is located in Machupicchu District in southern Peru, and it is historically connected with the 15th-century Inca civilisation. It is located in 2,430 meters area above sea level, and it lies on top of a mountain. It is a very popular destination for tourists from all around the world. This place is referred to as the "Lost City of the Incas" and it was named as one of the 7 wonders of the world in 2007. UNESCO nominated it as a world heritage in the year 1983.

This historic place was built as an estate for the Pachacuti emperor of the Inca civilisation in around 1450, and it is considered the most significant and familiar icon of the Inca civilisation.

Well, a tourist can see the finest work of the Inca civilisation there and can learn many things about this great civilisation. Apart from the ruins and cultural icons, one can enjoy the great beauty surrounding this place. I have heard from my friend that the sunset eve is outstanding and eye-witnessing the hills there is something unforgettable. The Inca bridge is another attraction, and the scattered stones in the place offer a unique experience. The Condor, Steps, Falling stairs, Temples, Sacred Rock, Llamas and other Animals, Inca Trail will all blow visitors' minds and would remind them that they are visiting one of the 7 wonders of the world!

This is an interesting place due to the vast area and iconic meaning of the Inca civilisation. There is a lot to see, a lot to do and enjoy and being at one of the 7 wonders of the world is something a visitor will never forget. This place takes us to the past, in the time when Inca nation was there and taught us how advanced they were as they have been able to build such a place with virtually no technological advancement of modern technology.


Sample Answer 3:

An interesting historic place in my country is (...say the name of a historic place...). It is situated at (...area name...) in ( name ...). In my opinion, this is a fascinating historic place as it is almost two thousand years old, and it was discovered in the middle of the last century. This was the centre of the (...say a civilisation name...) civilisation and was one of the most prominent cities in our country back then. More than several hundred feet had to be dug in to discover it.

Now that the place has been renovated to reflect the city it has once been, it gives a mystic aura of the past. This site has more than a hundred acres of land, and most of them are the remaining of the lost civilisation of that time. The place has several old buildings, castles, fortress, monuments, rivers, canon, cryptic houses, under paths and sculptures. A museum was built as recently as 20 years ago for the visitors to learn more about this lost city and the people who lived there. The museum is impressive in terms of its collection and reflection of that civilisation.

To me, this is an interesting historic place because it bears many proofs of the advancements of this civilisation. I have read a lot about this civilisation and cultures of these people and visiting this place was a really good experience. The museum was very rich as well. The city was more than 2 thousand years old and yet it has many amazing artworks, tools, intricate designs, buildings with amazing work, finest canon and many more proofs of their advancement. This was all an amazing experience for me.


Similar Cue Card Topics

Your ability to talk about this Cue Card Topic would enable you to talk about the following Cue Card Topics as well:

1.    Describe a historic place you have ever visited.
2.    Describe a worth visiting tourist spot in your city.
3.    Describe a famous spot in your country.
4.    Describe an interesting place you have been to.

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