Topic 21 : Describe an interesting historic place.

Describe an interesting historic place.

You should say:

  • what it is
  • where it is located
  • what you can see there now
  • And explain why this place is interesting.

Sample answer                                                  Band value: 7+

  • It is a saying that knowing about history prepares you for the future.
  • I have heard this from my grandfather.
  • My grandfather used to take me with him for visiting different places.
  • And by this, I have become interested in visiting different places.
  • With him, I have seen so many historical places such as Tajmahal, one of the seven wonders, the famous “Hava Mahal” in Jaipur, Fateh Gadh place’ in Udaipur and ‘Ranki Vav’ in Patan.
  • Among these wonderful places I like, Ranki Vav, the most.
  • I have visited this place several times. yet, I did not get bored. on the contrary, I have become more and more intrigued by the work of architecture devoted to it.
  • ‘Ranki vav’ is in Patan -a city in the northern part of Gujarat which is itself a historical city.
  • ‘Ranki vav’ is basically a stepwell which was built by the queen of Patan in the 11th century in the memory of her husband. 
  • As it is built by the queen it was given a name Ranki vav-
  • ‘Ranki’ means queen and ‘vav’ means step well.

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  • The stepwell is an amalgamation of architectural design, ancient wisdom, and devotion to Hindu culture.
  • The steps start with the ground level going down into the well where water is collected.
  • This is surrounded by pavilions by which one can see the scenery and view of it.
  • It consists of more than 800 mythological sculptures.
  • These sculptures mainly depict the Indian god named ‘Vishnu’ and his different reincarnation.
  • It has also got some sculpture of ‘Apsara’ – a divine beauty in Hindu culture.
  • These sculptures show the makeup of ‘Apsara’ in 16 different styles.
  • According to mythological books of Indian culture, The Apsaras are fictional divine beauty who possess enthralling charm. 
  •  The Ranki vav has got far more conspicuous importance than just being the religious symbol.
  • In older times there used to be a scarcity of water in this part. In such a situation this sort of stepwell was the modal of collecting water. However, ‘The Ranki vav’ is not merely the example well for collecting water. It is actually a symbol of worship to the culture of Hindu together with great architectural design.
  • This is the reason why this stepwell has been added to UNESCO’s world heritage site.  


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