After the conquest of Istanbul in 1453 Fatih (the conqueror) Sultan Mehmet moved the throne of the Ottoman Empire to this city. The first palace he set up was in the middle of the city. The second was made in 1470 and has been called Topkapı Palace since recent history. It is from this covered by a forest of towers domes and coloums that a great part of Europe, Asia and Africa and millions of people were governed.
The Topkapı Palace is not just a place where Ottoman Sultans and their families lived but also the administrative centre of the empire. This palace, used by twenty four sultans, is nowadays a museum.