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.
Osman IOsman I
1258 AD
Political Leader
Mary MagdaleneMary Magdalene
 
Disciple of Jesus Christ

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

RumiRumi
30 September 1207
Great Poet

Elia KazanElia Kazan
07 September 1909
Director, Actor, Producer

Ahmed IAhmed I
18 April 1590
Ottoman Emperor
Mehmed VIMehmed VI
14 January 1861
Last Sultan of the Ottoman Empire

Selim IISelim II
28 May 1524
Sultan of the Ottoman Empire

Selim ISelim I
10 October 1470
ottoman Sultan
EpictetusEpictetus
0055 AD
Philosopher

Saint NicholasSaint Nicholas
15 March 0270
Christian Saint
AntinousAntinous
29 November 0111
Roman Emperor Hadrian’s Lover

Bayezid IBayezid I
1354 AD
Sultan of Ottoman Empire

Murad IIIMurad III
04 July 1546
Ottoman Sultan

Murad IVMurad IV
26 July 1612
Ottoman Sultan

Beren SaatBeren Saat
26 February 1984
Actress
HeracliusHeraclius
0575 AD
Emperor of Byzantine Empire

Mehmed VMehmed V
02 November 1844
Ottoman King

Mahmud IIMahmud II
20 July 1785
Sultan of Ottoman Empire

Elçin SanguElçin Sangu
13 August 1985
Actress
IrenaeusIrenaeus
0130 AD
Bishop

PolycarpPolycarp
0069 AD
Saint
Meryem UzerliMeryem Uzerli
12 August 1983
Actress

John ChrysostomJohn Chrysostom
0347 AD
Religious Leader

Basil IIBasil II
0958 AD
Byzantine Emperor
Mithridates VI of PontusMithridates VI of Pontus
0135 BC
King of Pontus

Hayreddin BarbarossaHayreddin Barbarossa
1478 AD
16th Century Naval Commander
Enver PashaEnver Pasha
22 November 1881
Military Officer

Orhan PamukOrhan Pamuk
07 June 1952
 

Pliny the YoungerPliny the Younger
0061 AD
Author, Lawyer
Sabbatai ZeviSabbatai Zevi
01 August 1626
Rabbi

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Saint BarbaraSaint Barbara
0273 AD
Saint
Hamdi UlukayaHamdi Ulukaya
26 October 1972
Entrepreneur

Ismail al-JazariIsmail al-Jazari
1136 AD
Polymath

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

Meshulam RiklisMeshulam Riklis
02 December 1923
Businessman
St PaulSt Paul
0005 AD
Religious Preacher
TheodoraTheodora
0497 AD
Byzantine empresses

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

KinganiKingani
06 January 1996
Comedy YouTuber

Barıs ArducBarıs Arduc
09 October 1987
Actor
Suleiman the MagnificentSuleiman The Magnificent
06 November 1494
10th Sultan of the Ottoman Empire

BerrypinklipsBerrypinklips
18 October 2000
YouTube Star

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

Cenk UrguyCenk Urguy
21 March 1970
Political Activist, Show Host

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

ErtuğrulErtuğrul
 

Mehmet OzMehmet Oz
11 June 1960
Television personality

Hande ErçelHande Erçel
24 November 1993
Actress
Kösem SultanKösem Sultan
1589 AD
Ottoman sultana

Abdul Hamid IIAbdul Hamid II
21 September 1842
Emperor
Murad IIMurad II
31 May 1404
Ottoman Sultan

Burak DenizBurak Deniz
17 February 1991
Actor

Mehmed IIMehmed II
30 March 1432
 

Emre CanEmre Can
12 January 1994
Association football player

Tuba BüyüküstünTuba Büyüküstün
05 July 1982
Actor
Numan AcarNuman Acar
07 October 1974
Actor

Bayezid IIBayezid II
03 December 1447
Sultan

CaracallaCaracalla
04 April 0188
Roman emperor

Ayda FieldAyda Field
17 May 1979
Actress
Mustafa IMustafa I
1591 AD
Saint

Mehmed IIIMehmed III
26 May 1566
Sultan
Mehmed IMehmed I
1381 AD
Sultan

Arda TuranArda Turan
30 January 1987
Footballer

Rüştü ReçberRüştü Reçber
10 May 1973
Footballer
Fahriye EvcenFahriye Evcen
04 June 1986
Actor

Mehmed IVMehmed IV
02 January 1642
Sultan
Osman IIOsman II
03 November 1604
Sultan

Philip the ApostlePhilip the Apostle
0005 AD
Apostle

Mehmet Ali AğcaMehmet Ali Ağca
09 January 1958
Criminal
Abdullah ÖcalanAbdullah Öcalan
04 April 1949
Leader

Hakan ŞükürHakan Şükür
01 September 1971
Footballer
Nurbanu SultanNurbanu Sultan
1525 AD
Sultan Selim II

Alexios I KomnenosAlexios I Komnenos
1048 AD
Emperor

Yunus EmreYunus Emre
1240 AD
poet, writer

Murad VMurad V
21 September 1840
Sultan
Emre BelözoğluEmre Belözoğlu
07 September 1980
Football midfielder
Selim IIISelim III
24 December 1761
Sultan

Fethullah GülenFethullah Gülen
27 April 1941
Scholar, author, preacher

Abdul Hamid IAbdul Hamid I
20 March 1725
Emperor

Ahmed IIAhmed II
25 February 1643
Sultan
Mustafa IIMustafa II
06 February 1664
Sultan

NasreddinNasreddin
1208 AD
Philosopher

ProcopiusProcopius
0500 AD
Scholar

LucianLucian
0125 AD
Satirist

İsmet İnönüİsmet İnönü
24 September 1884
President
Mahmud IMahmud I
02 August 1696
Sultan

Fatih TerimFatih Terim
04 September 1953
Turkish association football manager
Tariq AzizTariq Aziz
28 April 1936
Politician, Diplomat, Journalist

Mustafa IVMustafa IV
08 September 1779
Sultan
Mustafa IIIMustafa III
28 January 1717
Sultan
Gökhan SakiGökhan Saki
19 October 1983
Kickboxer, Mixed martial artist, Thai boxer

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.