Friday, October 26, 2012

Road Trip (Part 13): Twin Cities Cathedrals

While I was in the twin cities, I visited the two big churches (one per city).  Minneapolis has St. Mary's Basilica, which is the first Basilica in the United States of America.  Unfortunately, it seems to have fallen into disrepair, from lack of use.  For example, the confessionals are used as storage closets, not confessionals.  It kind of depressed me.  The Basilica would be a beautiful place if everything was in use and up-to-date, but I guess they have more tourists than parishioners.

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.

Saint Mark

A copy of Michelangelo's Pieta, but not done in marble


Anonymous said...

Wow, sorry she thought you were a hobo, Micheal.

Anonymous said...

Saint mark looks like he's trying to fix his hair while reading and looking fancy and whatever else he was supposed to be doing at the time lol