The Cathedral of San Juan Bautista is a huge church that seems to be rise up out of the alleys of the old city. It has a long and eventful history beginning in 1509 when its construction started. Little remains of this first stage apart from a spiral staircase and four vaulted halls, as most of the original wooden church was devastated by a hurricane in 1526. The new cathedral, with its unmistakable neoclassical style, was built in 1529 and later restored in 1917. Inside are relics of St. Pius and the splendid tomb of Ponce de Leon. There are other important shrines within, containing images of the Virgin of Providence, Patroness of Puerto Rico, Jesus, and St.