If you thought Turkey was only about charming landscapes, storied history, ancient towns, magnificent ruins, splendid culture and towering mountains, you are highly mistaken. Strategically located at the crossroads of Europe and Asia, Turkey commands significant geostrategic importance. Also, it is one of the foremost reasons for the country’s unique culture and heritage. Amidst all the history and greatness of Turkey, one cannot really forget the role of Turkish people in helping their country stand tall on the world forum.
Saint NicholasSaint Nicholas
15 March 0270
Christian Saint
Recep Tayyip ErdoğanRecep Tayyip Erdoğan
26 February 1954
12th President of Turkey

Mary MagdaleneMary Magdalene
 
Disciple of Jesus Christ

RumiRumi
30 September 1207
Great Poet

Osman IOsman I
1258 AD
Political Leader

Elia KazanElia Kazan
07 September 1909
Director, Actor, Producer
AntinousAntinous
29 November 0111
Roman Emperor Hadrian’s Lover

EpictetusEpictetus
0055 AD
Philosopher

Mehmed VIMehmed VI
14 January 1861
Last Sultan of the Ottoman Empire

John ChrysostomJohn Chrysostom
0347 AD
Religious Leader
IrenaeusIrenaeus
0130 AD
Bishop

HeracliusHeraclius
0575 AD
Emperor of Byzantine Empire
Mithridates VI of PontusMithridates VI of Pontus
0135 BC
King of Pontus

Selim ISelim I
10 October 1470
ottoman Sultan

Pliny the YoungerPliny the Younger
0061 AD
Author, Lawyer
Selim IISelim II
28 May 1524
Sultan of the Ottoman Empire

Ahmed IAhmed I
18 April 1590
Ottoman Emperor
Beren SaatBeren Saat
26 February 1984
Actress

Hayreddin BarbarossaHayreddin Barbarossa
1478 AD
16th Century Naval Commander

Orhan PamukOrhan Pamuk
07 June 1952
 
PolycarpPolycarp
0069 AD
Saint

Mehmed VMehmed V
02 November 1844
Ottoman King
Basil IIBasil II
0958 AD
Byzantine Emperor

Murad IVMurad IV
26 July 1612
Ottoman Sultan

Mahmud IIMahmud II
20 July 1785
Sultan of Ottoman Empire

Bayezid IBayezid I
1354 AD
Sultan of Ottoman Empire
Saint BarbaraSaint Barbara
0273 AD
Saint
Murad IIIMurad III
04 July 1546
Ottoman Sultan

Meryem UzerliMeryem Uzerli
12 August 1983
Actress

Piri ReisPiri Reis
1465 AD
Ottoman Admiral, Geographer, Cartographer.

Meshulam RiklisMeshulam Riklis
02 December 1923
Businessman
Ismail al-JazariIsmail al-Jazari
1136 AD
Polymath

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St Paul St Paul
0005 AD
Religious Preacher

BerrypinklipsBerrypinklips
18 October 2000
YouTube Star

TheodoraTheodora
0497 AD
Byzantine empresses

Mustafa Kemal AtaturkMustafa Kemal Ataturk
19 May 1881
Founder of the Republic of Turkey,
Suleiman the MagnificentSuleiman The Magnificent
06 November 1494
10th Sultan of the Ottoman Empire

Cenk UrguyCenk Urguy
21 March 1970
Political Activist, Show Host
Metin HaraMetin Hara
14 June 1982
Author, Spiritual Healer, Adriana Lima’s

Barıs ArducBarıs Arduc
09 October 1987
Actor

Orkun IsitmakOrkun Isitmak
08 January 1996
YouTuber
Mustafa YavuzMustafa Yavuz
20 March 1997
Twitch Star

KinganiKingani
06 January 1996
Comedy YouTuber

Hande ErçelHande Erçel
24 November 1993
Actress

Mehmet OzMehmet Oz
11 June 1960
Television personality

Emre CanEmre Can
12 January 1994
Association football player

Burak DenizBurak Deniz
17 February 1991
Actor
CaracallaCaracalla
04 April 0188
Roman emperor

Abdullah ÖcalanAbdullah Öcalan
04 April 1949
Leader

Numan AcarNuman Acar
07 October 1974
Actor

Ayda FieldAyda Field
17 May 1979
Actress
Tuba BüyüküstünTuba Büyüküstün
05 July 1982
Actor

Arda TuranArda Turan
30 January 1987
Footballer
Kösem SultanKösem Sultan
1589 AD
Ottoman sultana

Fethullah GülenFethullah Gülen
27 April 1941
Scholar, author, preacher

Emre MorEmre Mor
24 July 1997
Footballer
Elçin SanguElçin Sangu
13 August 1985
Actress

Philip the ApostlePhilip the Apostle
0005 AD
Apostle
Fahriye EvcenFahriye Evcen
04 June 1986
Actor

NasreddinNasreddin
1208 AD
Philosopher

AnaximanderAnaximander
0610 BC
philosopher
Meryem UzerliMeryem Uzerli
12 August 1982
Actress

Hamdi UlukayaHamdi Ulukaya
26 October 1972
Entrepreneur
Enver PashaEnver Pasha
22 November 1881
Military officer

Gökhan SakiGökhan Saki
19 October 1983
Kickboxer, Mixed martial artist, Thai boxer

Mehmed IVMehmed IV
02 January 1642
Sultan

Mehmed IIMehmed II
30 March 1432
 
Alexios I KomnenosAlexios I Komnenos
1048 AD
Emperor
Murad IIMurad II
31 May 1404
Ottoman Sultan

Bayezid IIBayezid II
03 December 1447
Sultan

Mehmed IMehmed I
1381 AD
Sultan

Tariq AzizTariq Aziz
28 April 1936
Politician, Diplomat, Journalist
Yousuf KarshYousuf Karsh
23 December 1908
Photographer

Atdhe NuhiuAtdhe Nuhiu
29 July 1989
Association football player

Antigonus I MonophthalmusAntigonus I Monophthalmus
0382 BC
Macedonian general

Mustafa IMustafa I
1591 AD
Saint

Mehmed IIIMehmed III
26 May 1566
Sultan
Fatih TerimFatih Terim
04 September 1953
Turkish association football manager

Theodosius IITheodosius II
10 April 0401
Emperor
Abdullah GülAbdullah Gül
29 October 1950
Former President of Turkey

LucianLucian
0125 AD
Satirist

Sabbatai ZeviSabbatai Zevi
01 August 1626
Rabbi
İsmet İnönüİsmet İnönü
24 September 1884
President

ProcopiusProcopius
0500 AD
Scholar
MaxentiusMaxentius
0278 AD
Emperor

Apollonius of TyanaApollonius of Tyana
 

ArcadiusArcadius
01 January 0377
Emperor

Bergüzar KorelBergüzar Korel
27 August 1982
Actress
Marcion of SinopeMarcion of Sinope
0085 AD
 

Nurbanu SultanNurbanu Sultan
1525 AD
Sultan Selim II
Talaat PashaTalaat Pasha
10 April 1874
politician

HerostratusHerostratus
0380 BC
Criminal
Selim IIISelim III
24 December 1761
Sultan

Murad VMurad V
21 September 1840
Sultan
Leo III the IsaurianLeo III the Isaurian
0685 AD
 

Be it founder and first President of the Republic of Turkey Mustafa Kemal Ataturk or religious leader Haci Bektas¸ Veli, founder of the Bektashi dervishes, Mevlana, author of the epic Mesnevi and founder of the Mevlevi dervishes or reverend literary figure Yunus Emre or Katip Celebi, traveller Evliya Celebi or journalist Sinasi, Turkey have been the address of many prolific people from various genres. But these are just the handful of the famous Turks including architect Sinan, miniaturist Abducelil Celebi Levni, painter Bedri Rahmi Eyuboglu or composers Ulvi Cemal Erkin. Interestingly, Turkish people have left an indelible mark on everything, right from history to culture, literature to science, politics to economics and so on. Know more about famous Turks and their role in the advancement of their nation with this section below.