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

Mary MagdaleneMary Magdalene
 
Disciple of Jesus Christ

RumiRumi
30 September 1207
Great Poet

Selim ISelim I
10 October 1470
ottoman Sultan

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

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

Selim IISelim II
28 May 1524
Sultan of the Ottoman Empire
Saint NicholasSaint Nicholas
15 March 0270
Christian Saint

Murad IVMurad IV
26 July 1612
Ottoman Sultan
Bayezid IBayezid I
1354 AD
Sultan of Ottoman Empire

AntinousAntinous
29 November 0111
Roman Emperor Hadrian’s Lover

Murad IIIMurad III
04 July 1546
Ottoman Sultan

Mehmed VMehmed V
02 November 1844
Ottoman King

EpictetusEpictetus
0055 AD
Philosopher
Hayreddin BarbarossaHayreddin Barbarossa
1478 AD
16th Century Naval Commander

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

Beren SaatBeren Saat
26 February 1984
Actress

HeracliusHeraclius
0575 AD
Emperor of Byzantine Empire
Mahmud IIMahmud II
20 July 1785
Sultan of Ottoman Empire

Elçin SanguElçin Sangu
13 August 1985
Actress
Meryem UzerliMeryem Uzerli
12 August 1983
Actress

IrenaeusIrenaeus
0130 AD
Bishop

Basil IIBasil II
0958 AD
Byzantine Emperor
Orhan PamukOrhan Pamuk
07 June 1952
 

John ChrysostomJohn Chrysostom
0347 AD
Religious Leader
PolycarpPolycarp
0069 AD
Saint

Enver PashaEnver Pasha
22 November 1881
Military Officer

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

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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,

Suleiman the MagnificentSuleiman The Magnificent
06 November 1494
10th Sultan of the Ottoman Empire

Barıs ArducBarıs Arduc
09 October 1987
Actor
KinganiKingani
06 January 1996
Comedy YouTuber

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

BerrypinklipsBerrypinklips
18 October 2000
YouTube Star

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
 

Hande ErçelHande Erçel
24 November 1993
Actress

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

Mehmet OzMehmet Oz
11 June 1960
Television personality
Burak DenizBurak Deniz
17 February 1991
Actor

Emre CanEmre Can
12 January 1994
Association football player

Murad IIMurad II
31 May 1404
Ottoman Sultan

Tuba BüyüküstünTuba Büyüküstün
05 July 1982
Actor

Hazal KayaHazal Kaya
01 October 1990
Actress
Mehmed IIMehmed II
30 March 1432
 

Ali KemalAli Kemal
07 September 1867
Journalist

Arda TuranArda Turan
30 January 1987
Footballer

CaracallaCaracalla
04 April 0188
Roman emperor
Mustafa IMustafa I
1591 AD
Saint

Bayezid IIBayezid II
03 December 1447
Sultan
Ibrahim of the Ottoman EmpireIbrahim of the Ottoman Empire
04 November 1615
Sultan

Mehmed IIIMehmed III
26 May 1566
Sultan

Mehmed IMehmed I
1381 AD
Sultan
Çağatay UlusoyÇağatay Ulusoy
23 September 1990
Model

Ayda FieldAyda Field
17 May 1979
Actress
Mehmed IVMehmed IV
02 January 1642
Sultan

Thales of MiletusThales of Miletus
0626 AD
Philosopher

Fethullah GülenFethullah Gülen
27 April 1941
Scholar, author, preacher
Fahriye EvcenFahriye Evcen
04 June 1986
Actor

Emre BelözoğluEmre Belözoğlu
07 September 1980
Football midfielder
Ennis EsmerEnnis Esmer
29 December 1978
Actor

Elif ShafakElif Shafak
25 October 1971
Writer

Osman IIOsman II
03 November 1604
Sultan

Hussein bin Ali, Sharif of MeccaHussein bin Ali, Sharif of Mecca
1853 AD
King
Burak YılmazBurak Yılmaz
15 July 1985
Football
Pargalı Ibrahim PashaPargalı Ibrahim Pasha
1493 AD
Government Official

Murad VMurad V
21 September 1840
Sultan

Abdullah ÖcalanAbdullah Öcalan
04 April 1949
Leader

Tariq AzizTariq Aziz
28 April 1936
Politician, Diplomat, Journalist
Nurbanu SultanNurbanu Sultan
1525 AD
Sultan Selim II

Alexios I KomnenosAlexios I Komnenos
1048 AD
Emperor

Numan AcarNuman Acar
07 October 1974
Actor

Abdul Hamid IAbdul Hamid I
20 March 1725
Emperor

Yunus EmreYunus Emre
1240 AD
poet, writer
Selim IIISelim III
24 December 1761
Sultan

Philip the ApostlePhilip the Apostle
0005 AD
Apostle
Hakan ŞükürHakan Şükür
01 September 1971
Footballer

İsmet İnönüİsmet İnönü
24 September 1884
President
Ahmed IIAhmed II
25 February 1643
Sultan
Abdullah GülAbdullah Gül
29 October 1950
Former President of Turkey

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.