Santa Barbara

Saint (or Santa) Barbara is regarded as the patron saint of miners and tunnellers.

Saint Barbara was an early Christian saint, and is thought to have lived in what is now Turkey in the 3rd century. She is regarded as the patron saint and protector of miners and tunnellers and in many countries small statues of her are placed at the tunnel portal to watch over the tunnel and those working within it during construction. Her Saint's Day is 4th December and this is celebrated on many tunnelling projects.

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