Graphing Rough 3D Model of Saigon Notre-Dame Basilica Using Mathematica

The Saigon Notre-Dame Basilica is located in the downtown of Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. It was established by the French during their colonization, under the name of Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Saigon. It was modeled after the Notre-Dame de Paris and built with materials imported from France. After many years, even after the war, it continues to serve as a religious center for Vietnam’s 6.2 million Catholics as well as a site of attraction for interested non-Catholic individuals.

With our interest in the unique shape of the cathedral, for our final project, we shared an idea of recreating a rough model of the cathedral in 3D space. Firstly, we tried to break up the overall shape of the cathedral into smaller, more familiar shapes that we can imagine. Constructing each shape individually in Mathematica is easy, but putting them together requires specific and accurate coordinates so they can match together and make up the desired shape. Therefore, for simple imagination, we use the skills of plotting points to make up shapes in 3D space that we have acquired throughout Math201. It is a straightforward project, but it is extremely interesting how shapes in 3D space can interact with each other.

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