The Bethesda Terrace is one of the first structures ever build in Central Park, being completed in 1863. It is popular for tourists and locals alike. The terrace was built to complement the nature around it, and the decorative elements of the terrace illustrate this. There are carvings representing the four seasons as well as the times of day. Unfortunately I didn’t know that while taking pictures so I just took pictures of the stuff that looked interesting. If I had known I would have sought out the specific carvings. There is a sculpture on staff full time to take care of the carvings, most of which are in soft sandstone.
BETHESDA TERRACE AND FOUNTAIN