Bethesda Fountain, New York City

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Overlooking Central Park's lake since 1859, Bethesda Fountain is a breathtaking circular structure with a female winged angel perched at the top of several cascades. Below the neoclassical angel, four cherubs represent temperance, purity, health, and peace. The angel's artist, Emma Stebbins, was the first female to receive public commission for a major New York City art piece. The only sculpture featured in the park's original layout, it commemorates the opening of the Croton Aqueduct, which provided fresh water to the city. Snap a picture in front of the iconic fountain, which you may recognize from countless movies, television shows, and even video games. For Bethesda Fountain and beyond, use our New York City visit planning app to get the most from your New York City vacation.
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  • This fountain, you necessarily saw it in a movie or an American series. This place offers a very nice point of view part of central park. The passage leading to the fountain has nice decorations and it is common to come across Street singers.
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  • This is the fountain in central park! With beautiful water lily, a very nice romantic view in the morning.
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  • In the garden of the Palace of Europe in such fountains. I thought that was made with maybe also followed suit. And big pond on the other side of the fountain, and the scale is larger. Central Park has a very wide and varied in different point is a funny thing, just ask for it. However three-time not around so 2 times.
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  • Come here and think of the last words in Angels in America, Tony Kushner's masterpiece: 'The fountain's not flowing now, they turn it off in the winter, ice in the pipes. But in the summer it's a sight to see. I want to be around to see it. I plan to be. I hope to be. This disease will be the end of many of us, but not nearly all, and the dead will be commemorated and will struggle on with the living, and we are not going away. We won't die secret deaths anymore. The world only spins forward. We will be citizens. The time has come. Bye now. You are fabulous creatures, each and every one. And I bless you: More Life. The Great Work Begins.'
  • Very iconic fountain in Central Park. There are two large terraces linked by large staircases and the fountain sits on the lower terrace. The architecture of the fountain and the terraces are amazing and you must visit and take a walk around. It's a good place to relax and people watch too! It gets very busy and so decent photo opportunities are hard to come by!
  • Great park in general - but don't expect the fountain to be on during winter and spring seasons. Stone work was fantastic.
  • It's lovely place and I am always happy to take elopement photos near the Fountain
  • Beautiful area surrounding the fountain in Central park. Wide open space with seating around the fountain.

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