Secretaria da Justiça e Defesa da Cidadania (EN)

These two neoclassical buildings designed by Ramos de Azevedo are virtually twin buildings. Building number 184 – the first work by the famous architect in the city – was completed in 1891 to house the Department of Finance and Treasury. Building number 148 was opened in 1896 to house the Department of Agriculture. Currently, these buildings house the State’s Department of Justice and Defense of Citizenship.


– Both have internal yards covered by skylights supported by artistic iron framework and have Corinthian pillars (the most decorative of the three Greek and roman architectonic orders) on the facade.

– Despite having suffered decharacterizations after a couple of reforms, conducted mostly in the 50s, one can find vestiges of decorative paintings in almost all rooms of the buildings.

– The Secretaria de Estado da Justiça e Defesa da Cidadania [Government Department of Justice & Defense of the Citizenry) is part of the Architecture in Downtown thematic itinerary. For further information, access or seek the nearest Tourist Information Center.

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Address: Pátio do Colégio, 148 e 184 – Centro.

Opening hours: Monday thru Friday, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.