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.
Mary MagdaleneMary Magdalene
 
Disciple of Jesus Christ
RumiRumi
30 September 1207
Great Poet

Saint NicholasSaint Nicholas
15 March 0270
Christian Saint

Elia KazanElia Kazan
07 September 1909
Director, Actor, Producer

Beren SaatBeren Saat
26 February 1984
Actress

Hayreddin BarbarossaHayreddin Barbarossa
1478 AD
16th Century Naval Commander
Pliny the YoungerPliny the Younger
0061 AD
Author, Lawyer

Murad IVMurad IV
26 July 1612
Ottoman Sultan

Orhan PamukOrhan Pamuk
07 June 1952
 

St Paul St Paul
0005 AD
Religious Preacher
Piri ReisPiri Reis
1465 AD
Ottoman Admiral, Geographer, Cartographer.

Ismail al-JazariIsmail al-Jazari
1136 AD
Polymath
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

Recep Tayyip ErdoğanRecep Tayyip Erdoğan
26 February 1954
12th President of Turkey
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

Osman IOsman I
1258 AD
Political leader

Frederick I, Holy Roman EmperorFrederick I, Holy Roman Emperor
1122 AD
Emperor

CaracallaCaracalla
04 April 0188
Roman emperor
AlcibiadesAlcibiades
0450 BC
Statesman
GermanicusGermanicus
24 May 0015
Political figure

Emre CanEmre Can
12 January 1994
Association football player

Arda TuranArda Turan
30 January 1987
Footballer

Mehmed VIMehmed VI
14 January 1861
Sultan
AurelianAurelian
09 September 0214
Emperor

EpictetusEpictetus
0050 AD
Philosopher

Fethullah GülenFethullah Gülen
27 April 1941
Scholar, author, preacher

Emre MorEmre Mor
24 July 1997
Footballer

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HeracliusHeraclius
0575 AD
Byzantine emperor
Mithridates VI of PontusMithridates VI of Pontus
0132 BC
King

Henri FayolHenri Fayol
29 July 1841
Economist, Entrepreneur
Selim ISelim I
10 October 1470
Sultan

IrenaeusIrenaeus
0130 AD
Bishop

Selim IISelim II
28 May 1524
Sultan of the Ottoman Empire
Ahmed IAhmed I
18 April 1590
Sultan

Fahriye EvcenFahriye Evcen
04 June 1986
Actor
John ChrysostomJohn Chrysostom
0347 AD
Theologian, Priest, Writer

PolycarpPolycarp
0069 AD
Theologian, Priest

Sabiha GökçenSabiha Gökçen
21 March 1913
aviator

Hussein bin Ali, Sharif of MeccaHussein bin Ali, Sharif of Mecca
1854 AD
King

BelisariusBelisarius
0500 AD
General
Mehmed VMehmed V
02 November 1844
Sultan

Philip the ApostlePhilip the Apostle
0005 AD
Apostle

Basil IIBasil II
0958 AD
Emperor

NasreddinNasreddin
1208 AD
Philosopher
Gökhan SakiGökhan Saki
19 October 1983
Kickboxer, Mixed martial artist, Thai boxer

Tuba BüyüküstünTuba Büyüküstün
05 July 1982
Actor
AnaximanderAnaximander
0610 BC
philosopher

Mehmed IVMehmed IV
02 January 1642
Sultan

Mahmud IIMahmud II
20 July 1785
Sultan
Bayezid IBayezid I
1360 AD
Emperor

Saint BarbaraSaint Barbara
0273 AD
Saint
Mehmed IIMehmed II
30 March 1432
 

Alexios I KomnenosAlexios I Komnenos
1048 AD
Emperor

Enver PashaEnver Pasha
22 November 1881
Military officer
Murad IIIMurad III
04 July 1546
Sultan

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

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
Novelist, satirist, rhetorician

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
Talaat PashaTalaat Pasha
10 April 1874
politician

Marcion of SinopeMarcion of Sinope
0085 AD
 

Nurbanu SultanNurbanu Sultan
1525 AD
Sultan Selim II
Adnan OktarAdnan Oktar
02 February 1956
Writer, Theologian

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
 

Adnan MenderesAdnan Menderes
1899 AD
politician, diplomat
Sargon IISargon II
0765 BC
king

Muhtar KentMuhtar Kent
1952 AD
entrepreneur, businessperson
Osman IIOsman II
03 November 1604
Sultan

Michael VIII PalaiologosMichael VIII Palaiologos
1223 AD
Emperor

Constantine VIIConstantine VII
18 May 0905
Emperor

NabonidusNabonidus
king
Manuel I KomnenosManuel I Komnenos
28 November 1118
Emperor

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.