Central Park - Bethesda Fountain, New York City

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    Bethesda Fountain - The Angel of the Waters

    by nicolaitan Written May 6, 2007

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    Called the crown jewel of Central Park, The Angel of the Waters was sculpted in 1868 by Emma Stebbins, the first woman to receive a sculpture commission from the City of New York. It lies at the north end of the lower level of the Bethesda terrace. The bronze 8 foot statue features a winged angel carrying a lily, the symbol of purity, commemorating the opening of the Croton Resevoir bringing fresh water to NYC. Her other hand reaches down to bless the water. Four figures at the base represent temperance, purity, health, and peace. The basis for the figure is drawn from the Gospel of Saint John in which an angel grants healing powers to the Bethesda fountain in Jerusalem. The base was designed by Vaux with detail work by Mould. The statue was placed in 1873.

    As one of the iconic features of the park, the statue has appeared in many movies including Godspell, Angels in America, Ransom, and others. It was the starting point for the first Amazing Race as well.

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    Bethesda Terrace - the heart of the park

    by nicolaitan Written May 6, 2007

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    This architectural masterpiece was designed by Vaux and Mould as the centerpiece of the park, linking the Mall with a view over the Lake to the Ramble, at the 72nd Street level. It is constructed of sandstone with a variety of Romnanesque and Classic styles.Created as a gathering place at the head of the main pathway in the park, it remains a central attraction for people watching, film making, and the ubiquitous horse drawn carriages. Its two levels are joined by circular stone staircases with the upper creating a large bridge under which a second route leads from the lower level to the Mall. Under the upper level is a columned passageway with 7 arches and walls lined by trompe l'eoil paintings. The staircases are considered Mould's lifetime achievement, with intricate detailed carvings in sandstone featuring birds and plants emphasizing the importance of nature in the overall planning of the park. Stone vases top the walls of the staircases, filled with flowers. Framing the view of the Lake are medieval style banners called gonfalons suspended from tall decorative poles.

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    Relaxing area

    by hundertmorgen Written Jan 5, 2004

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    Angel of the Waters

    Speaking of romance, one of the most
    beautiful areas in Central Park has to be Bethesda Fountain on the Lake.

    Angel of the Waters, the centerpiece of the Terrace, was opened in 1873.
    The entire area was closed for restoration during the entire 1980's and has since made a spectacular comeback.

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    Bethesda Fountain & Terrace

    by tim07 Written Jul 14, 2008

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    The fountain is situated in the heart of the park between the Lake & the Mall. It was dedicated in 1873, the statue 'Angel of the Waters' marked the 1842 opening of the Croton Aqueduct system which brought the city its first pure water.

    The terrace has Spanish style detailing, with a sculptured double staircase. The terrace & fountain are great places to sit, relax and people watch. There are many good photo opportunities here too.

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    Highlights Of Central Park

    by I-Believe-I-Can-Fly Written May 8, 2006

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    It could take weeks to see every little bit of the park, but some highlights that I love about Central Park include: the Mall, the Great Lawn, the Wollman Rink, the Carousel, Strawberry Fields, Bethesda Terrace/Fountain, the Ramble.

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    Bethesda Fountain, Central Park

    by TravellerMel Written Feb 2, 2012

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    Also known as the Angel of the Waters Fountain, if it looks familiar to you, it's because it should! The opening sequence from "Friends" was filmed here, as were scenes from "Enchanted", "Home Alone 2", "Elf", and many music videos, movies, and tv scenes.

    In the winter, when the fountain is drained, you can run through it! Well, I don't know if you are ALLOWED to run through it, but we did anyway... :-)

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    Central Park: The Bethesda Fountain and Terrace

    by pili Updated Jun 27, 2004

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    The Bethesda Fountain

    The Bethesda Fountain and Terrace are located on the Fifth Avenue side near the center of the park, and it is one of the best places to relax.-

    La fuente Bethesda y la terraza adyacente están ubicadas sobre el lado de la la 5ta. Avenida y es uno de los mejores lugares para descansar un rato

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    Gorgeous Fountain

    by acebruin Updated Dec 20, 2013
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    This very picturesque part of Central Park has been featured in numerous movies. The latest memorable scene for me was from the movie Enchanted. They danced and danced around the fountain.

    The lake right behind is a good spot for boating. Take your significant other on a boat, it's very romantic. Great place to propose as well, make sure you don't fall off the boat if you try to kneel inside it. Hahahaha

    Run through here, bike through here, or even eat lunch at the fountain. It's a very good place to relax as well and people watch.

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    Central Park - Bethesda Fountain

    by yooperprof Written Aug 9, 2013

    The Bethesda Fountain is a major attraction in Central Park, and has been featured in innumerable songs, plays, novels, films, music videos, etc. It was a component of the original park design, and was unveiled in 1873.

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    Bethesda Fountain and Terrace

    by SnoopySue Written Jan 11, 2005

    This beautiful fountain is located in the middle of the Central Park, just between the Lake and the Mall. The Statue, Angel of the Waters, marked the opening of the Croton Aqueduct system in 1842, bringing the city its first supply of pure water. Nice place to just take a rest and enjoy the day. Try excellent hot dog or pretzels sold nearby.

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    Another view of Poet's Alley

    by butterflykizzez04 Written Mar 27, 2005
    at the opening above the bethesda plaza

    This is the end of the Alley walkway. This is where it opens up at the top of the Bethesda Fountain plaza area. They are building some new memorial here, and hopefully it will be completed on my return trip this spring.

    You must visit central park.

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    Bethesda Fountain in Central Park

    by butterflykizzez04 Written Mar 27, 2005
    Bethesda Fountain in Central Park.

    I am sure you recognize this fountain. It is in scenes of many movies. This is such a lovely area of the park.

    The morning we were there, several dogs were off their collars and in and out of the fountain. It was very cute and the dogs were very friendly. I am a dog lover so this didn't bother me or my brother at all.

    Not many kids this early in the morning at the park. Again, something Free to see in New York.

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    Bethesda Fountain & Terrace

    by myrtle Written Jan 10, 2004
    Bethesda Fountain & Terrace, Central Park

    I visited Central Park on both trips to New York. There were a lot more people there during the summer, but then again we were also there on a Sunday in the summer time. In December there seemed to be a lot of people getting married in Central Park, which I thought was odd. It seems like it'd be too cold for that.

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    The fountain in Central Park

    by jessicadf Written May 20, 2003

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    This fountain is between a famous arcade and a beautiful pond. Very peaceful, except for the large tour group being led around by a very vocal guide.

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    The Fountain in Central Park,...

    by Vanislander Written Aug 25, 2002

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    The Fountain in Central Park, I couldnt even begin to name all the movies that have had this fountain in it........

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