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

Murad IVMurad IV
26 July 1612
Ottoman Sultan
Murad IIIMurad III
04 July 1546
Ottoman Sultan

Selim ISelim I
10 October 1470
ottoman Sultan

Elia KazanElia Kazan
07 September 1909
Director, Actor, Producer

Cenk UygurCenk Uygur
21 March 1970
Political Activist, Show Host
Meryem UzerliMeryem Uzerli
12 August 1983
Actress

Mehmed VMehmed V
02 November 1844
Ottoman King

Saint NicholasSaint Nicholas
15 March 0270
Christian Saint

Bayezid IBayezid I
1354 AD
Sultan of Ottoman Empire
AntinousAntinous
29 November 0111
Roman Emperor Hadrian’s Lover

HeracliusHeraclius
0575 AD
Emperor of Byzantine Empire
EpictetusEpictetus
0055 AD
Philosopher

Mahmud IIMahmud II
20 July 1785
Sultan of Ottoman Empire

Hayreddin BarbarossaHayreddin Barbarossa
1478 AD
16th Century Naval Commander
Beren SaatBeren Saat
26 February 1984
Actress

Enver PashaEnver Pasha
22 November 1881
Military Officer
Basil IIBasil II
0958 AD
Byzantine Emperor

Barıs ArducBarıs Arduc
09 October 1987
Actor

IrenaeusIrenaeus
0130 AD
Bishop
PolycarpPolycarp
0069 AD
Saint

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John ChrysostomJohn Chrysostom
0347 AD
Religious Leader
Sabbatai ZeviSabbatai Zevi
01 August 1626
Rabbi

TheodoraTheodora
0497 AD
Byzantine empresses

Orhan PamukOrhan Pamuk
07 June 1952
 

Pliny the YoungerPliny the Younger
0061 AD
Author, Lawyer
Elçin SanguElçin Sangu
13 August 1985
Actress
Mithridates VI of PontusMithridates VI of Pontus
0135 BC
King of Pontus

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

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
 

Burak YılmazBurak Yılmaz
15 July 1985
Football

Hande ErçelHande Erçel
24 November 1993
Actress
Salt BaeSalt Bae
09 August 1983
Restaurateur

Mehmed IIMehmed II
30 March 1432
 
Kösem SultanKösem Sultan
1589 AD
Ottoman sultana

Can YamanCan Yaman
08 November 1989
Actor

Abdul Hamid IIAbdul Hamid II
21 September 1842
Emperor

Emre CanEmre Can
12 January 1994
Association football player

Kerem BursinKerem Bursin
04 June 1987
Actor
Mehmet OzMehmet Oz
11 June 1960
Television personality

Burak DenizBurak Deniz
17 February 1991
Actor

Mehmed IIIMehmed III
26 May 1566
Sultan

Sedat PekerSedat Peker
26 June 1971
Businessperson
Constantine XIConstantine XI
08 February 1405
Roman Emperor

Ibrahim of the Ottoman EmpireIbrahim of the Ottoman Empire
04 November 1615
Sultan
Burak OzcivitBurak Ozcivit
24 December 1984
Film actor

Mustafa IMustafa I
1591 AD
Saint

Ali KemalAli Kemal
07 September 1867
Journalist
CaracallaCaracalla
04 April 0188
Roman emperor

Engin Altan DuzyatanEngin Altan Duzyatan
26 July 1979
Actor
Giga ChikadzeGiga Chikadze
25 August 1988
Mixed martial artist

Tuba BüyüküstünTuba Büyüküstün
05 July 1982
Actor

Orhan IOrhan I
1281 AD
Tribal Leader
Murad IIMurad II
31 May 1404
Ottoman Sultan

Demet ÖzdemirDemet Özdemir
26 February 1992
Actress, Model
Esra BilgiçEsra Bilgiç
14 October 1992
Actress

Bayezid IIBayezid II
03 December 1447
Sultan

Pargalı Ibrahim PashaPargalı Ibrahim Pasha
1493 AD
Government Official

Mehmed IVMehmed IV
02 January 1642
Sultan
Ibn TaymiyyahIbn Taymiyyah
22 January 1263
Theologian
Neslihan AtagülNeslihan Atagül
20 August 1992
Actress

Osman IIOsman II
03 November 1604
Sultan

Şehzade MehmedŞehzade Mehmed
31 October 1522
Prince

Avni YildirimAvni Yildirim
05 August 1991
Boxer
Abdülmecid IAbdülmecid I
23 April 1823
Ruler

Mehmed IMehmed I
1381 AD
Sultan

Engin AkyürekEngin Akyürek
12 October 1981
Actor

Nurbanu SultanNurbanu Sultan
1525 AD
Sultan Selim II

Arda TuranArda Turan
30 January 1987
Footballer
Mehmet Ali AğcaMehmet Ali Ağca
09 January 1958
Criminal

Özge GürelÖzge Gürel
05 February 1987
Actress
Hazal KayaHazal Kaya
01 October 1990
Actress

Aras Bulut IynemliAras Bulut Iynemli
25 August 1990
Actor
Kivanc TatlitugKivanc Tatlitug
27 October 1983
Film actor
Talaat PashaTalaat Pasha
01 September 1874
Political 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.