I am sitting in the middle of a round temple pictured below on the head of Medusa from the Greek myths. For those who don't know, one look in her eyes and all men would turn to stone. Perseus would finally end her reign by beheading her. This round temple sits atop a swimming pool, also decorated with mosaic tiles depicting sea life, such as fish, sea horses and a lobster.
|Entrance to the walled garden|
|Griffins by Paul Manship. . It is said that these mythical creatures always guarded something precious such as music and culture. In this case they guard the small amphitheater in back.|
|The outside wall before entering the garden. Note the battlements and towers typical of Persian gardens.|
|Back of the garden taken from the stage of the amphitheater.|
|Swimming pool and lovely view of the Palisades|
|Eagles Nest also known as the Temple of Love. You can climb down the steps to a cave.|
Here are some more pics that were taken yesterday.
|This is Tom who helped us find the Temple of Love and gave us some history of the park.|
Official website. This not only contains extensive history of the gardens but there is a gallery full of before and after pictures of the garden and the mansion that once the Untermeyers lived in. It has been torn down and is now a hospital. Check out the Smithsonian collection of slides of the beautiful gardens from 1940 located in the gallery section.
Abandoned New York site. This tells the history of the Son of Sam and the animal sacrifices inside the cave.
Lost Beauty. More pictures of Untermeyer Park
|Magnificent view of the Palisades|