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The bustling, pedestrian-friendly Charles Bridge as viewed from the tower on the Stare Mesto (Old Town) side of the structure. The bridge is 516 m long and almost 10 m wide and rests on 16 arches shielded by ice guards. Thirty statues of saints decorate the bridge avenue; most were originally erected between 1683 and 1714, but then replaced with replicas beginning in 1965. The originals are currently housed in the National Museum.