The oldest cathedral in the Americas was begun in 1514 and completed in 1540. With a gold coral limestone facade, the church combines elements of both the Gothic and baroque styles. It also contains a high altar partially chiseled out of silver in the plateresque style. (Plateresque is a decorative 16th-c. Spanish style characterized by elaborate ornamentation in low relief that's suggestive of silver plate.) In 1992, the cathedral was designated as the centerpiece for a celebration of the 500th anniversary of the European colonization of America.