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IELTS Cue Card Sample 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 is it
•    Where it is located
•    What you can see there now

and explain why this place is interesting.

Model Answer:
Machu Picchu in southern Peru is a very interesting historic place and I have a great interest about his historic place. Though I have not visited this place in person, but I would definitely love to be there someday. I mostly learned about this place from one of my friends who visited there and from 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 or around 7,970 feet area above the sea level. This place lies on top of a mountain and is a very popular destination for the tourist all around the world. This place is referred 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 is considered as the most significant and familiar icon of the Inca civilisation.

A tourist can see the finest work of the Inca civilisation there and can learn many things about this civilisation. Apart from the ruins and cultural icons, one can enjoy the great beauty surrounding this place. The sunset time is awesome and eye-witnessing the hills is something unforgettable. The Inca bridge is interesting to hike, and the scattered stones in the place is a different experience one can get. The Condor, Steps , Falling stairs, Temples, Sacred Rock, Llamas and other Animals, Inca Trail will all blow your mind and would remind you that you 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 are 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.


Alternative Answer:
An interesting historic place in my country is (…say a name of a historic place…). It is situated at (…area name…) in (…city/town name …). In my opinion, this is a very interesting 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 of our country. More than several hundred feet had to be dug to discover it.

Now the place has been renovated to reflect the city it once been. There are more than hundred acres of places on this site and most of them are the remaining of the lost civilisation and city of that time. There are several old buildings, castles, fortress, monuments, rivers, canon, cryptic houses, under paths and sculptures are there. A museum was built as recently as 10 years ago for the visitors to learn more about this lost city and people. The museum is a really good one in terms of its collection and reflection of that civilisation.

To me, this was interesting because of the proof of advancement this civilisation had. 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 in terms of learning history. 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. They had been a flourishing civilisation that dominated that part of the country. The idea of our civilisation being found by future generation was an interesting idea and this historic place just reminded me that. The museum, the fine airmanship and advancement of that civilisation are all amazing historic proof and interesting to explore.

Similar Cue Card Topics

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

1.    Describe a historical place you have 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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