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Bethesda Fountain, New York City

Categories: Fountains, Tourist Spots
Inspirock Rating:
4.7/5 based on 440+ reviews on the web
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. Use our New York City travel itinerary planner to visit Bethesda Fountain on your trip to New York City, and learn what else travelers and our writers recommend seeing nearby.
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  • I like the place and I'm not one to be repairing the people but not always here the place is the best attended. There seems to have been a clear deterioration in the cleanup and maintenance of parks and public spaces in the management of the last Mayor of NEW YORK.
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  • And there were street performers at work. Very fun to watch. My husband was chosen from the rather large audience that had gathered to be a part of their show. So fun! 
  • One of the points of interest to visit. A very popular source for tourists to beautiful pictures. At a time when we were visiting, there was a very romantic proposal.
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  • Good place next to the small lake. I loved the ambiance of the place and walking around the lake!
  • The fountain is gorgeous, but the problem is the massive hordes of people who ruin any attempt to take a photo. Worth a look, but don't plan on getting a profile picture here.
  • One of the most beautiful pieces of art in Central Park. Be sure to look at the seasonal relief sculptures at the top and bottom of the staircase, and the gorgeous tile in the underpass.
  • Right in the heart of Central Park is Bethesda Fountain, with Angel of the Waters perched on the summit. The name was inspired by The Pool of Bethesda referenced in the Gospel of John, "For an angel went down at a certain time into the pool and stirred up the water; then whoever stepped in first, after the stirring of the water, was made well of whatever disease he had.” John 5:4
  • Bethesda Fountain is a nice place to take a quick break if you are exploring Central Park and the rest of Manhattan.
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