Steps Lead down to Bethesda Terrace

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In their master plan for Central Park, the 1858 "Greensward Plan," Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux proposed an architectural "heart of the Park" defined by a sweeping Promenade that would culminate into Bethesda Terrace. Stone steps lead from the upper terrace down to the lake and fountain named Angel of Waters. Decorative elements carved into the stone that represent nature and seasons are symbolic of day and night.
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In their master plan for Central Park, the 1858 "Greensward Plan," Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux proposed an architectural "heart of the Park" defined by a sweeping Promenade that would culminate into Bethesda Terrace. Stone steps lead from the upper terrace down to the lake and fountain named Angel of Waters. Decorative elements carved into the stone that represent nature and seasons are symbolic of day and night.
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