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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. 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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  • The "Bethesda" source is a required visit in Central Park. Is located in the middle of the terrace of the same name, which indeed composed of arches and staircases of stone, where worthy of mention are the carved reliefs depicting birds and flowers; also two enigmatic figures: A witch and an OWL. The sculptural representation of the source is the "Ángel de las Aguas" and owes its name to that commemorates the arrival of drinking water to New York, this in the 19th century. Enjoy of the Central Park, a space green only. LIFE... is a trip!
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  • It was really cool seeing the Bethesda Fountain, I’m a huge fan of Elf and Enchanted so seeing it up close was great. we were there on an drizzly December morning so it was not too crowded but there w...  more »
  • Film heaven location ... john wicker for one and then I could list 10 other. It's also a beautiful place with one of the most beautiful fountains in the park. 
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  • This is my favorite spot in all of Central Park. I learned about it through the award-winning miniseries 'Angels in America', which featured the statue and fountain in the opening sequence. The place is great for people watching, owing to its proximity to the touristy parts of the park.
  • Amazing park. Great performers. Lots to see
  • Good place next to the small lake. I loved the ambiance of the place and walking around the lake!
  • other than the beauty and significant of the statue look to your right to the boats... NOW GO DO THEM
  • Quintessential New York. Early in the morning before the hoards arrive is magical. When the weather is good, musicians performing around the area add to the glory of this spot.