The former 'Casa de Câmara e Cadeia de Vila Rica' (Town hall and jail of Vila Rica [Ouro Preto]) was built in the 1780s and is one of the most important examples of baroque colonial architecture in Brazil.
On the four corners of the balustrade on the roof are stone statues of the four virtues of government: Justice, Courage, Temperance, and Force.
Justiça / Justice
with sword and scales
Coragem / Courage
with a chalice in her hand
Temperança / Temperance
with a cup on a plate and an animal bridle
Força / Force
male with a club
- Unknown artist. Do you know who the sculptor is? please let us know.
Sources & Information
Locatie (S 20°23'10" - W 43°30'13") (Satellite view: Google Maps)
Item Code: brmg081; Photograph: 15 July 2017
Of each statue we made photos from various angles and also detail photos of the various texts.
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