The doors

On the doors, the spirit of Brazil is depicted as a large statue dressed in white standing behind a pyre which represents the altar of the homeland. This is surrounded by figures representing the 19 provinces of the Empire, each of which is leaning on a shield with its respective coat of arms.

This scene illustrates the Glorious Acclamation of His Imperial Majesty on 12th October 1822. The whole scene is framed by two spirits supporting two columns on their heads - symbols of the solidity of the provinces. Their capitals bear the symbol of Minerva, Goddess of Wisdom. In the upper part of the panel, a spirit shown down to the waist is lifting the canopy covering the Temple whilst encircling the cipher of Pedro I with a garland of flowers.