IELTS Speaking Part 2&3 #45 Describe a historical place that you know about

Describe a historical place that you know about. You should say:
What the place is Where it is located
What is the historical significance of the place?

Sample Answer:

I have a special interest in visiting famous places and on my list historical places always get preferences. I have visited many historical places like Machu Picchu in Peru, The Pyramids at Giza, Taj Mahal, Parthenon in Greece and many more. The historical significance and the site attractions sometimes mesmerized me. The historical place that I would like to talk about today is Colosseum (also known as Coliseum, also known as the Flavian Amphitheatre) which is situated in Rome, Italy.
It is basically an elliptical amphitheater in the center of the city of Rome, Italy which is the largest amphitheater in the world and is made of concrete and stone. The construction of Colosseum began under Emperor Vespasian in 70 AD and was completed under Titus in 80 AD.

The Colosseum could hold approximately 50,000 to 80,000 spectators and was used for gladiatorial contests and public spectacles such as mock sea battles, animal hunts, executions, re-enactments of famous battles etc. The Colosseum was listed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1980 and was also included among the New Seven Wonders of the World. It is 189 meters long, and 156 meters wide, with a base area of 6 acres .The height of the outer wall is 48 meters. The Colosseum nowadays is one of the major tourist attractions in Rome with thousands of tourists each year paying to view the interior arena.

I have heard and seen of this famous place a lot and when I witnessed it for the first time, I became speechless. The huge architect, the overwhelming interior and exterior decoration was beyond appreciation. The place kept reminding me the classical mythological and historical facts I have read and heard about.

Follow-up questions:

  1. What is the importance of history? Do you think history is important? Option 1: Definitely yes, history has a significant role to play in our daily lives. Through historical lessons, people are more aware of their ancestors’ achievements and therefore appreciate the freedom and peace they are enjoying.
    Option 2: History is to enrich our understanding of ourselves. History helps us learn about our origins, backgrounds, Ideas, traditions and institutions that have shaped the development of our country. Our history and traditions give us a sense of connection with the past: it can bring people together and remind us of the memories that we share.
  2. What is the importance of learning about history?
    Studying history enables us to avoid repeating the mistakes of the past. History is illuminating and allows us to understand and conclude how past human actions impact on the present and
    What do most people like to do when they visit a historical site?
    I guess what the majority of people do is just, like, take photos of the place. That’s really the main thing. But as well as that, most people will also look at the things on display and uh, what else? Um…Oh yeah, and maybe buy one or two souvenirs to take back home as mementos. So that’s pretty much it really!
  3. Do you like history?
    Well, in general I would say that I’m not really fond of history. To be more specific, I really can’t stand the historical lessons delivered by my teachers at school. I think this is due to the fact that I’m not good with figures and have a bad memory when it comes to learning by heart the names of war heroes and the dates that the events took place.
  4. How can more people become interested in history?
    I’m not that sure, but I suppose um… the way it’s taught at school could be improved, and possibly made more interesting. So for example, instead of simply staying in the classroom, teachers could take students out more to visit historical sites and anything of historical relevance. So that’s one thing, and as well as this I guess, um…, increasing the amount of history documentaries on TV could also have a positive effect on developing people’s interest in history. And finally I think parents can play an important role by introducing histor y and all its wonders to their children, and if they do it well, then I’m sure it’s going to help children develop their enthusiasm for it
  5. Are young people in your country interested in historical museums?
    Yeah, I think most young people are, to a varying degree. So in other words, I think young people here have at least some level of interest in them, although it’s probably fair to say that they’re not that high up on the list of favorite things to do! You know, I’d say the young here are generally a lot more interested in stuff like computer games and foreign TV series, but history’s deeply rooted in our culture, so I think it will always hold some level of interest for anyone in my country, both young and old.
  6. Do you think internet is a good way to learn history?
    It is true that the Internet is a good source of information and a means though which people can discover and learn more about the past history. However, it’s quite unpopular among people nowadays as more youths merely see the internet as a place to relax themselves.
    Therefore, TV programs or films, I suppose, are better alternatives
  7. Should museums be free?
    Option 1: To be honest, although charging a small amount of entrance fee will give the organizers funds to continue their operations and encourage the artists to produce more decent works, in Vietnam, people seem to show no appreciation of artistic values. Therefore, the local authorities had better let people enter for free to arouse the public’s interests first and then, if people are interested, a small admission fee should be considered afterwards.
    Option 2: Um….yeah, ideally I think they should be, because they’re great educational resources. But if it’s not possible, then a small entrance fee I guess is acceptable, cos that will help a museum cover its costs and stay running. Alternatively, museums could be free and have a donation box, so that if you can afford to donate something towards the upkeep, then you have the opportunity to do so.
  8. Do people in Vietnam like visiting museums and art galleries?
    Not everyone in Vietnam enjoys going to museums. Most of my friends are not interested in art, but I have a small passion for it. After I graduated, I began to enjoy taking trips to various art exhibits. Since then I have made a few friends that are artists, and now they invite me to their galleries quite often.
  9. Do you think going to museums and art galleries is beneficial for children?
    Option 1: Yes, I believe going to museums can be very beneficial for children. They can learn more about history and culture. Art can broaden their minds and their outlooks on life. It can also inspire them to be more creative, to have original ideas, and to be inventive.
    Option 2: Yes, museums are a great educational tool. They act as windows into the past better than any textbook. Seeing a picture of something isn’t as good as seeing it up close. The way some museums are set up, you can almost feel like you are back in time as you view the items. Sometimes we find out that things “way back then” weren’t really all that different to today in many ways, while they are so different in other ways.
  10. Would you say movies help people develop more interest in history?
    Yeah, I’d say they can, because after all, movies are quite vivid and so they make history come alive. And another thing is that a lot of people can’t be bothered to read a book about history, but they’d gladly go and watch a film about it, simply because movies are a bit more entertaining. So yeah, I’d say they generally do help people become more interested in history
  11. Other similar possible questions:
    Do your parents think learning history is important?
    Which way is better for learning history: reading books or visiting museums? Do major cities in your country all have museums?
    Will current things be exhibited in future museums?
    How to show life two thousand years ago in the museums?