November 29, 2015

2079 UNITED STATES (New York) - The Bethesda Fountain in New York's Central Park


Located in middle-upper Manhattan, Central Park is the most visited urban park in the United States as well as one of the most filmed locations in the world. Opened in 1857, it was expanded and improved after the plans of Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux until 1873, when it reached its current size. One of the main features of the park is The Lake. Bethesda Terrace overlook The Lake, and in the center of the terrace is Bethesda Fountain, constructed in 1859-1864.

The pool is centered by a fountain sculpture designed by Emma Stebbins in 1868 and unveiled in 1873. The bronze statue depicts a female winged angel touching down upon the top of the fountain. Beneath her are four cherubs representing Temperance, Purity, Health, and Peace. Also called the Angel of the Waters, the statue refers to the Gospel of John, where there is a description of an angel blessing the Pool of Bethesda, giving it healing powers.

About the stamps
About the first stamp, featuring a portrait of George Washington, I wrote here. About the second stamp, depicting the Purple Heart Medal,I wrote here. About the last stamp I wrote here.

References
Bethesda Terrace and Fountain - Wikipedia

Sender: Denise 
Sent from Greenvale (New York / United States), on 18.02.2014

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