The Story of Serapion part 1

E. T. A. Hoffmann (1776—1822)

Ernst Theodor Amadeus Hoffmann was a master of one particular type of short story, which was to a great extent a product of the romantic tendencies of his times. His earliest collection of tales, Fantasy Pieces in the Manner of Callot, are characterized by those qualities of fantasy and mystery with which his name is always associated. The collection under the title of The Serapion Brethren, is set within a “frame narrative of the storytelling club in Berlin, where Hoffmann spent the last six years of his life as judge of a criminal court.” Poe was especially indebted to Hoffmann in the composition of his stories, as were several of the most important Nineteenth Century fiction writers all over Europe.

The present translation, by Alexander Ewing, is reprinted from The Serapion Brethren, Bohn Library, London, by permission of the publishers, G. Bell and Sons.

The Story of Serapion

From The Serapion Brethr

Princes Isles

The Princes’ Isles is an area where the natura is best preserved in Istanbul.

Buyukada

Buyukada; the island of monks retired into seclusion, the center of Adalar district, the biggest of the nine islands is a big island as its Turkish name refers, famous with being a land where people of all religions gather for wishing and praying. On the certain days at the monasteries and churches decorating its hills, drink Aya Yorgi (St. George) wines and where there are no motor vehicles if you ignore the ones “official use” whose number has increased up to the limits of patience recently, with its pavilions, Anadolu Kulubu, hundreds of phaetons, thousands of bicycles with plate numbers.

The Princes’ Isles

Taking one of its old names from the exiled princes and the other from the monks that prefer here to retire into I seclusion, now they are now simply called The Princes’ Isles (Adalar). It used to be Papadonissia, perhaps the qualities th

Istanbul Mosques

Some of the mosques in Istanbul reach out the sky while some
others are hardly noticeable due to their small size. Some old churches had
begun serving as mosques after the Ottomans conquered the city. The most
splendid ones of these mosques are accepted to be national monuments and are
not used for religious purposes today.

Kalenderhane Mosque

Kalenderhane Mosque that is around Bozdagan Kemeri (Aqueduct) was allocated for dervishes during Ottoman period. Bozdogan Kemeri (Aqueduct) was built by the end of the 12* century. The mosaics and pictures that were found during the restoration, including a Franciscan Epic have not been open for visitors yet.

Fethiye Mosque

Theotokos Pammakaristos, The Joyous Mother of God, from I2th-i3th
century was the centre of Orthodox patriarchs. The church was converted to the
mosque in 1591. The southern chapel with mosaics is worth to see. Among these
mosaics are the Christ Pantocrator, surrounded by twelve p

Istanbul Churches

Istanbul met Christianity in the 4th century, while, Paganism was dominant before.

The first Christian churches are Havariyyun, Haghia Sophia and Haghia Eirene. Many churches had been built until the conquest of Istanbul. There the churches of different sects and religious orders such as Nestorianism, Monophysism, Catholicism, Orthodoxy, Syrian Christianity, Gregorianism, Keldani, Dominicanism, Franciscanism has been in Istanbul. Moreover, different nations such as Greek, Armenian, Latin and Genoese also has had their own churches.

The Armenian Patriarchate

The Armenian Patriarchate in Istanbul is one of the four hierarchical centers of the Armenian Church -the others are in Erivan, Beirut and Jerusalem. The first patriarch of Istanbul, Hovaghim I, was in charge during the reign of Fatih Sultan Mehmet. Since r64i, the Virgin Mary (Meryem Ana) Central Church and the traditional wooden Patriarchate building of Istanbul Armenian Patriarchate is in Kumkap

Topkapi Palace

The famous Ottoman historian Evliya Celebi describes the
Topkapi Palace (Topkapi Sarayi) as “the loveliest sultanate palace that human
skill could have created. One can not help doing anything but ruling if living
in here! If you can come out of this complex game that is made of terraces,
corridors, stairs and interior courts; you find yourself in the world of
Arabian Nights again. The palace once Ottoman Sultans lived is visited by
thousands of visitors from all parts of the world, is the most splendid monument
of Istanbul.

The palace had a concept peculiar to the East, accommodating
several qualities in it: The residence of the Sultan and the center of a world
empire, the religious center of half of the world and the stage that incredible
intrigues displayed, the focus of cruel murders and the cradle of breathtaking
successes. Once, 4,000-5,000 people used to live in Topkapi Palace. This was a
city in the city. Fatih Sultan Mehmet decided to have a vast palace built to

Istanbul fifth Bridge

Journey to the history of Pop his songs have been performed by many singers. And now legendary Paul Anka is in Istanbul!

For more information about the Paul Anka concert on November 14

Istanbul Golden Horn Convention Center is hosting a living legend the evening of Monday, November 14: Paul Anka, composer of memorable songs like My Way, Diana and You Are My Destiny. Listed by Billboard magazine as one of the all-time great musical icons alongside Elvis Presley and The Beatles, the Canadian singer has sold over 80 million hit albums and singles.

Anka, who earned gold records in England, France and Canada for his album, Rock Swings, on which he sings pop and rock hits from the 80’s and 90s like Michael Jackson’s The Way You Make Me Feel, the Pet Shop Boys’ It’s A Sin, Oasis’ Wonderwall and Nirvana’s Smells Like Teen Spirit, all in his own inimitable style, is in Istanbul for a veritable journey through the history of pop music.

Istan

Istanbul Tourism Conference

Hosting the Next in Corporate Travel 2011 conference, Turkish Airlines is bringing high level executives from Italy, Holland and Belgium together in Istanbul. NICT has already taken place in Istanbul October 21 to 23 and 28 to 30, and two more conferences are scheduled on November 18-20 and December 2 to 4. Turkish Airlines Vice-President in charge of Marketing and Sales Faruk Cizmecioglu said of the conference: “Our aim in hosting NICT is to create a platform where companies can discuss their special needs and demands regarding corporate travel with business and intellectual leaders. ”

Gocek Race Week

Organized by the Gocek Yacht Club, the 9th Autumn Race Week is being held November 8 to 11 with Turkish Airlines’ sponsorship. This year 300 entrants on 50 some yachts are estimated to have entered the week-long regatta, which up to now has featured 20 races with countless yachtsmen from 12 countries taking part. Complete with both geographically long races

Travel Bulgaria

A temptation to travel Bulgaria to see the Monastery and its unique architecture

Travel Bulgaria – The Rila Monastery – unity of spirituality, culture and nature…

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The Monastery has a unique architecture and takes about 8800 sq.m. When one looks from outside, it resembles a fortress. Due to its 24-metre stone walls, the Monastery has the shape of an irregular pentagon. Once the visitor travel Bulgaria is in, though, they are impressed by its architecture. Impressive arches and colonnades, covered wooden stairs and carved verandas…

St. Ivan of Rila

The hermit St. Ivan of Rila founded the monastery during the rule of Tsar Peter I. It is normal that the monastery bears the hermit’s name. Actually the hermit lived

Bulgaria private tours Kazanlak

Bulgaria private tours Kazanlak – Twelve happy and lovely Dutch people (six couples and twelve friends) left The Netherlands to visit my beautiful and friendly country, Bulgaria.

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So, we met on Friday, 20.05, the day of their customized guided tour, private tour Bulgaria Kazanlak. They travelled from Plovdiv and I was waiting for them in the village of Tarnichane, at the rose distillery. Then, some rose picking (well, it wasn’t as early as 5 am – the usual time to start the picking up); good and detailed inf

Divan Yolu

Divan Yolu begins at Haghia Sophia and extends to Topkapi Gate of Theodosion Walls, was the most important road of the capital during the Byzantine period. Today it is the street used for reaching the beauties in the environs: Beyazit Mosque, Kapalı Carsi (Grand Bazaar), At Meydam (Hippodrome) and Sultan Ahmet Mosque (Blue Mosque) Cagaloglu.

At Meydam (Hippodrome)

Its construction began in 203 by Septimus Severus and it was reconstructed as hippodrome during the reign of Constantine the Great (324-337). It was a place for official celebrations and parades. Besides chariot races, circuses and political meetings used take place here. In one of them “Blues” and “Greens” had fought; and in Nika Revolt in 532, 30,000 people that rebelled against Emperor Justinianus gathered and were killed here in At Meydam. Again on these grounds, Sultan Mahmut U killed the