Collegium (ministry)

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The collegia (plural of a collegium, "joined by law") were government departments in Imperial Russia, established in 1717 by Peter the Great. The departments were housed in the Twelve Collegia building in Saint Petersburg.

Building of the Twelve Collegia, 1753 engraving
Historic building of the Twelve Collegia now belongs to the Saint Petersburg State University

Originally nine were established:

Three more were later added:

Each collegium consisted of a president, a vice-president, four councilors, four assessors, a procurator, a secretary, and a chancellery. The collegia were replaced with ministries during the Government reform of Alexander I.

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