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

Osman IOsman I
1258 AD
Political Leader

Mary MagdaleneMary Magdalene
 
Disciple of Jesus Christ

St PaulSt Paul
0005 AD
Religious Preacher

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

RumiRumi
30 September 1207
Great Poet

Cenk UygurCenk Uygur
21 March 1970
Political Activist, Show Host
Selim IISelim II
28 May 1524
Sultan of the Ottoman Empire

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 ISelim I
10 October 1470
ottoman Sultan

Murad IVMurad IV
26 July 1612
Ottoman Sultan

Murad IIIMurad III
04 July 1546
Ottoman Sultan
HeracliusHeraclius
0575 AD
Emperor of Byzantine Empire

EpictetusEpictetus
0055 AD
Philosopher

Mehmed VMehmed V
02 November 1844
Ottoman King

AntinousAntinous
29 November 0111
Roman Emperor Hadrian’s Lover
Saint BarbaraSaint Barbara
0273 AD
Saint

Basil IIBasil II
0958 AD
Byzantine Emperor
Bayezid IBayezid I
1354 AD
Sultan of Ottoman Empire

Hayreddin BarbarossaHayreddin Barbarossa
1478 AD
16th Century Naval Commander

Barıs ArducBarıs Arduc
09 October 1987
Actor
Enver PashaEnver Pasha
22 November 1881
Military Officer

Beren SaatBeren Saat
26 February 1984
Actress
TheodoraTheodora
0497 AD
Byzantine empresses

Meryem UzerliMeryem Uzerli
12 August 1983
Actress

Mahmud IIMahmud II
20 July 1785
Sultan of Ottoman Empire
John ChrysostomJohn Chrysostom
0347 AD
Religious Leader

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PolycarpPolycarp
0069 AD
Saint

Pliny the YoungerPliny the Younger
0061 AD
Author, Lawyer

IrenaeusIrenaeus
0130 AD
Bishop

Elçin SanguElçin Sangu
13 August 1985
Actress
Orhan PamukOrhan Pamuk
07 June 1952
 
Sabbatai ZeviSabbatai Zevi
01 August 1626
Rabbi

Hamdi UlukayaHamdi Ulukaya
26 October 1972
Entrepreneur

Ismail al-JazariIsmail al-Jazari
1136 AD
Polymath

Mithridates VI of PontusMithridates VI of Pontus
0135 BC
King of Pontus
Piri ReisPiri Reis
1465 AD
Ottoman Admiral, Geographer, Cartographer.

Meshulam RiklisMeshulam Riklis
02 December 1923
Businessman

Orkun IsitmakOrkun Isitmak
08 January 1996
YouTuber

BerrypinklipsBerrypinklips
18 October 2000
YouTube Star

Metin HaraMetin Hara
14 June 1982
Author, Spiritual Healer, Adriana Lima’s
KinganiKingani
06 January 1996
Comedy YouTuber

Mustafa YavuzMustafa Yavuz
20 March 1997
Twitch Star
ErtuğrulErtuğrul
 

Salt BaeSalt Bae
09 August 1983
Restaurateur

Hande ErçelHande Erçel
24 November 1993
Actress
Mehmed IIMehmed II
30 March 1432
 

Abdul Hamid IIAbdul Hamid II
21 September 1842
Emperor
Kösem SultanKösem Sultan
1589 AD
Ottoman sultana

Mehmet OzMehmet Oz
11 June 1960
Television personality

Ali KemalAli Kemal
07 September 1867
Journalist

Burak DenizBurak Deniz
17 February 1991
Actor

CaracallaCaracalla
04 April 0188
Roman emperor
Constantine XIConstantine XI
08 February 1405
Roman Emperor

Ayda FieldAyda Field
17 May 1979
Actress

Tuba BüyüküstünTuba Büyüküstün
05 July 1982
Actor

Thales of MiletusThales of Miletus
0626 AD
Philosopher
Emre CanEmre Can
12 January 1994
Association football player

Murad IIMurad II
31 May 1404
Ottoman Sultan
Yunus EmreYunus Emre
1240 AD
poet, writer

Mustafa IMustafa I
1591 AD
Saint

Mehmed IIIMehmed III
26 May 1566
Sultan
Ibrahim of the Ottoman EmpireIbrahim of the Ottoman Empire
04 November 1615
Sultan

Muhammad Ali of EgyptMuhammad Ali of Egypt
04 March 1769
Ottoman ruler
Orhan IOrhan I
1281 AD
Tribal Leader

Hazal KayaHazal Kaya
01 October 1990
Actress

Ibn TaymiyaIbn Taymiya
22 January 1263
Theologian
Mehmed IVMehmed IV
02 January 1642
Sultan

Bayezid IIBayezid II
03 December 1447
Sultan
Ennis EsmerEnnis Esmer
29 December 1978
Actor

Julian the ApostateJulian the Apostate
0330 AD
 

Alp-ArslanAlp-Arslan
20 January 1029
Muhammad bin Dawud Chaghri

Engin AkyürekEngin Akyürek
12 October 1981
Actor
Arda TuranArda Turan
30 January 1987
Footballer
Cenk TosunCenk Tosun
07 June 1991
Football player

Burak YılmazBurak Yılmaz
15 July 1985
Football

Abdülmecid IAbdülmecid I
23 April 1823
Ruler

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

Fethullah GülenFethullah Gülen
27 April 1941
Scholar, author, preacher

Mehmed IMehmed I
1381 AD
Sultan

Pargalı Ibrahim PashaPargalı Ibrahim Pasha
1493 AD
Government Official

Dündar AliosmanDündar Aliosman
30 December 1930
Ruler
Çağatay UlusoyÇağatay Ulusoy
23 September 1990
Model

Talaat PashaTalaat Pasha
01 September 1874
Political Leader
Nurbanu SultanNurbanu Sultan
1525 AD
Sultan Selim II

Osman IIOsman II
03 November 1604
Sultan
Hussein bin Ali, Sharif of MeccaHussein bin Ali, Sharif of Mecca
1853 AD
King
Abdullah ÖcalanAbdullah Öcalan
04 April 1949
Leader

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.