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Collegium (ministry)

See also collegium (disambiguation) for other meanings.

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.

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Building of the Twelve Collegia, 1753 engraving
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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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