The only part of the Basilica that seemed to be thriving was the basement area, where they have all the paintings and the St. Vincent de Paul Society. One of the women there thought I was a homeless man who came seeking help. We chatted for a bit about St. Vincent de Paul; the group they have in Minnesota is doing much better than the group we have in Palo Alto (who got evicted from their building a few years back).
This was my favorite of the ten paintings in the St. Vincent de Paul area.
The doors were the most recently refurbished things in the Basilica.
The good news is that the Cathedral of Saint Paul in St. Paul was much nicer (and it has free parking!). It's located in a much better area, too; it's close to the State Capitol Building. The only downside to the Cathedral is that the smaller saints chapels were badly lit; I arrived during the week they were changing the light fixtures there.
A highlight of the Cathedral would be the display of the relics of Saint John Vianney, including his clerical collars. The other highlight would be the four absolutely gigantic statues of the evangelists, one in each corner.
A copy of Michelangelo's Pieta, but not done in marble