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Bethesda Fountain, New York City

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Fountain Tourist Spot
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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  • This is so beautiful and a great spot for pictures! A nice peaceful setting. A must see in Central Park although it's hard to miss!  more »
  • This source is in the heart of Central Park, you will remember it from many films, so when these front you is very familiar, for the amount of times you have seen it, but even so you will love, as well as throughout the Park.
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  • It is one of the most beautiful areas to include in your walk through Central Park. Being located in the heart of the Park, as one of the attractions of the city and held numerous public events in your environment, it is one of the areas most saturated New York. You will have good luck if you can enjoy it with calm and serenity. If any of the days you want to pass in New York have planned stroll through Central Park, includes the square and its surroundings on your tour.
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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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