NYC | Bethesda Fountain

The gorgeous focal point of the Bethesda Terrace in Central Park, the Bethesda Fountain, is one of the largest fountains in New York (twenty-six feet high by ninety-six feet wide).

The statue was the only sculpture to have been commissioned as a part of Central Park’s original design, to commemorate the 1842 opening of the Croton Aqueduct, which supplied New York City with fresh water.
This neoclassical sculpture, also known as Angel of the Waters, features an eight-foot bronze angel who stands above four small cherubims representing health, purity, temperance, and peace.

The angel herself carries a lily in one hand while the other remains outstretched, blessing the water pouring from around her.

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