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Saint Barbara

Saint Barbara is the patron saint of architects.

Barbara’s father built a tower and kept her imprisoned in it. She became a Christian and spent her time in prayer and contemplation. To honour the Holy Trinity, she had three windows inserted into a building her father was constructing. Her father denounced her as a Christian to the authorities and Barbara was tortured and beheaded.

Detail from Hans Memling, 'The Donne Triptych', about 1478
Detail from Hans Memling, The Donne Triptych, about 1478 

Saint Barbara's story is told in The Golden Legend.