Bethesda Fountain

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It is in front of the Bethesda Fountain that Princess Giselle (Amy Adams) explains to Robert (Patrick Dempsey) his vision of love.
Bethesda New York Fountain
Bethesda Fountain New York. Photo credit: Fantrippers

“How does she know you love her?”

Giselle (Amy Adams)

Princess Giselle (Amy Adams), helped by many New Yorkers under the magic of the moment, sings to Robert (Patrick Dempsey), her vision of love with the title That’s How You Know.

Scene of the Fountain Bethesda New York Enchanted Bethesda New York Fountain

During this song, they pass through different places in Central Park. The Dairy Visitor Center, Naumburg Bandshell, The Lake, The Mall and Literary Walk, the Gothic Bridge, the Bow Bridge and the grand finale at the Bethesda Fountain.


It took 17 days to shoot the scenes of this song, between the bad weather, the coordination of the dancers and extras and the gigantic choreography.

Scene of the Fountain Bethesda New York Enchanted
Scene of the Fountain Bethesda New York Enchanted. Photo credit: Walt Disney Pictures

Bethesda Terrace

New York has many fountains, but none is as attractive as the Bethesda Fountain in Central Park.

Bethesda Terrace is one of the few monuments built during the Civil War. It was completed in 1873.

The fountain at the center of the fountain was designed by Emma Stebbins, the first woman to be entrusted with an art project for the city of New York.

A remarkable work depicting four cherubs embodying the virtues of temperance, purity, prosperity and peace and an angel dominating them.

This sculpture is a tribute to chapter 5 of the Gospel according to St. John in which an angel blessed the Bethesda basin in Jerusalem. A basin that is linked to the miraculous healing of a paralytic by Jesus Christ.

Once a rallying point for East Coast hippies and a hub for prostitution and drug trafficking, Bethesda Terrace had many lives. It was during this period, when the place was carefully avoided by locals and tourists, that the basin dried up.

Nevertheless, the early 1980s saw the fountain regain its luster. Entirely renovated, it initiated a major phase of rehabilitation of Central Park, gradually regaining the favor of visitors.

Regularly mentioned in popular culture, the Bethesda Terrace and its majestic fountain, because of their central position, embody the heart of the park. A heart whose heartbeat is in tune with the comings and goings of New Yorkers and tourists.

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By Damien Duarte

Friday, August 21, 2020

Passionné par la culture pop depuis son enfance, ses références vont de Donald Duck à Batman en passant par Marty McFly. Fantripper dans l'âme, voyager sur les traces de Ghostbusters, James Bond ou des héros de romans comme Cotton Malone fait partie d'un séjour idéal et réussi !

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