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.
Suleiman the MagnificentSuleiman The Magnificent
06 November 1494
10th Sultan of the Ottoman Empire
Mary MagdaleneMary Magdalene
 
Disciple of Jesus Christ

Osman IOsman I
1258 AD
Political Leader

St PaulSt Paul
0005 AD
Religious Preacher

Mustafa Kemal AtaturkMustafa Kemal Ataturk
19 May 1881
Founder of the Republic of Turkey,

Recep Tayyip ErdoğanRecep Tayyip Erdoğan
26 February 1954
12th President of Turkey
RumiRumi
30 September 1207
Great Poet

Selim IISelim II
28 May 1524
Sultan of the Ottoman Empire

Ahmed IAhmed I
18 April 1590
Ottoman Emperor
Elia KazanElia Kazan
07 September 1909
Director, Actor, Producer

Selim ISelim I
10 October 1470
ottoman Sultan
Murad IIIMurad III
04 July 1546
Ottoman Sultan

Saint NicholasSaint Nicholas
15 March 0270
Christian Saint

Cenk UygurCenk Uygur
21 March 1970
Political Activist, Show Host

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

Meryem UzerliMeryem Uzerli
12 August 1983
Actress
Murad IVMurad IV
26 July 1612
Ottoman Sultan

EpictetusEpictetus
0055 AD
Philosopher

AntinousAntinous
29 November 0111
Roman Emperor Hadrian’s Lover

Bayezid IBayezid I
1354 AD
Sultan of Ottoman Empire
Mehmed VMehmed V
02 November 1844
Ottoman King

PolycarpPolycarp
0069 AD
Saint
HeracliusHeraclius
0575 AD
Emperor of Byzantine Empire

Hayreddin BarbarossaHayreddin Barbarossa
1478 AD
16th Century Naval Commander

Barıs ArducBarıs Arduc
09 October 1987
Actor
Mahmud IIMahmud II
20 July 1785
Sultan of Ottoman Empire

Basil IIBasil II
0958 AD
Byzantine Emperor
Beren SaatBeren Saat
26 February 1984
Actress

Enver PashaEnver Pasha
22 November 1881
Military Officer

John ChrysostomJohn Chrysostom
0347 AD
Religious Leader

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IrenaeusIrenaeus
0130 AD
Bishop
Pliny the YoungerPliny the Younger
0061 AD
Author, Lawyer

Elçin SanguElçin Sangu
13 August 1985
Actress

Orhan PamukOrhan Pamuk
07 June 1952
 

Hamdi UlukayaHamdi Ulukaya
26 October 1972
Entrepreneur
Saint BarbaraSaint Barbara
0273 AD
Saint
Sabbatai ZeviSabbatai Zevi
01 August 1626
Rabbi

Ismail al-JazariIsmail al-Jazari
1136 AD
Polymath

TheodoraTheodora
0497 AD
Byzantine empresses

Piri ReisPiri Reis
1465 AD
Ottoman Admiral, Geographer, Cartographer.
Meshulam RiklisMeshulam Riklis
02 December 1923
Businessman

Mithridates VI of PontusMithridates VI of Pontus
0135 BC
King of Pontus

Orkun IsitmakOrkun Isitmak
08 January 1996
YouTuber

Metin HaraMetin Hara
14 June 1982
Author, Spiritual Healer, Adriana Lima’s

BerrypinklipsBerrypinklips
18 October 2000
YouTube Star
KinganiKingani
06 January 1996
Comedy YouTuber

Mustafa YavuzMustafa Yavuz
20 March 1997
Twitch Star
ErtuğrulErtuğrul
 

Salt BaeSalt Bae
09 August 1983
Restaurateur

Mehmet OzMehmet Oz
11 June 1960
Television personality
Mehmed IIMehmed II
30 March 1432
 

Hande ErçelHande Erçel
24 November 1993
Actress
Abdul Hamid IIAbdul Hamid II
21 September 1842
Emperor

Kösem SultanKösem Sultan
1589 AD
Ottoman sultana

Burak DenizBurak Deniz
17 February 1991
Actor

Ali KemalAli Kemal
07 September 1867
Journalist

Constantine XIConstantine XI
08 February 1405
Roman Emperor
Tuba BüyüküstünTuba Büyüküstün
05 July 1982
Actor

Burak YılmazBurak Yılmaz
15 July 1985
Football

Emre CanEmre Can
12 January 1994
Association football player

Mehmed IIIMehmed III
26 May 1566
Sultan
CaracallaCaracalla
04 April 0188
Roman emperor

Adnan OktarAdnan Oktar
02 February 1956
Writer, Theologian
Mustafa IMustafa I
1591 AD
Saint

Ibrahim of the Ottoman EmpireIbrahim of the Ottoman Empire
04 November 1615
Sultan

Pargalı Ibrahim PashaPargalı Ibrahim Pasha
1493 AD
Government Official
Murad IIMurad II
31 May 1404
Ottoman Sultan

Orhan IOrhan I
1281 AD
Tribal Leader
Bayezid IIBayezid II
03 December 1447
Sultan

Mehmed IVMehmed IV
02 January 1642
Sultan

Engin AkyürekEngin Akyürek
12 October 1981
Actor
Cenk TosunCenk Tosun
07 June 1991
Football player

Zaza PachuliaZaza Pachulia
10 February 1984
Basketball player
Hazal KayaHazal Kaya
01 October 1990
Actress

Arda TuranArda Turan
30 January 1987
Footballer

Şehzade MehmedŞehzade Mehmed
31 October 1522
Prince

Ibn TaymiyaIbn Taymiya
22 January 1263
Theologian
Ayda FieldAyda Field
17 May 1979
Actress
Osman IIOsman II
03 November 1604
Sultan

Mehmed IMehmed I
1381 AD
Sultan

Çağatay UlusoyÇağatay Ulusoy
23 September 1990
Model

Abdülmecid IAbdülmecid I
23 April 1823
Ruler
Abdullah ÖcalanAbdullah Öcalan
04 April 1949
Leader

Nurbanu SultanNurbanu Sultan
1525 AD
Sultan Selim II

Yunus EmreYunus Emre
1240 AD
poet, writer

Ennis EsmerEnnis Esmer
29 December 1978
Actor

Fahriye EvcenFahriye Evcen
04 June 1986
Actor
Elif ShafakElif Shafak
25 October 1971
Writer

ZenoZeno
0425 AD
Emperor
Numan AcarNuman Acar
07 October 1974
Actor

Dündar AliosmanDündar Aliosman
30 December 1930
Ruler
AbdülâzizAbdülâziz
08 February 1830
Sultan
TimothyTimothy
0017 AD
Bishop

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.