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)
(Great Poet)

30 September 1207

Saint NicholasSaint Nicholas
(Christian Saint)

15 March 0270

Elia KazanElia Kazan
(Director, Actor, Producer)

07 September 1909

Pliny the YoungerPliny the Younger
(Author, Lawyer)

0061 AD

Hayreddin BarbarossaHayreddin Barbarossa
(16th Century Naval Commander)

1478 AD

Beren SaatBeren Saat

26 February 1984

Murad IVMurad IV
(Ottoman Sultan)

26 July 1612

Orhan PamukOrhan Pamuk

07 June 1952

St Paul St Paul
(Religious Preacher)

0005 AD

Piri ReisPiri Reis
(Ottoman Admiral, Geographer, Cartographer.)

1465 AD

Ismail al-JazariIsmail al-Jazari

1136 AD

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(YouTube Star)

18 October 2000

(Byzantine empresses)

0497 AD

Mustafa Kemal AtaturkMustafa Kemal Ataturk
(Founder of the Republic of Turkey,)

19 May 1881

Suleiman the MagnificentSuleiman The Magnificent
(10th Sultan of the Ottoman Empire)

06 November 1494

Recep Tayyip ErdoğanRecep Tayyip Erdoğan
(12th President of Turkey)

26 February 1954

Cenk UrguyCenk Urguy
(Political Activist, Show Host)

21 March 1970

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Metin HaraMetin Hara
(Author, Spiritual Healer, Adriana Lima’s Boyfriend)

14 June 1982

Barıs ArducBarıs Arduc

09 October 1987

Orkun IsitmakOrkun Isitmak

08 January 1996

Mustafa YavuzMustafa Yavuz
(Twitch Star)

20 March 1997

Osman IOsman I
(Political leader)

1258 AD

Arda TuranArda Turan

30 January 1987

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Emre CanEmre Can
(Association football player)

12 January 1994

(Roman emperor)

04 April 0188


0450 BC

(Political figure)

24 May 0015

Frederick I, Holy Roman EmperorFrederick I, Holy Roman Emperor

1122 AD

Mehmed VIMehmed VI

14 January 1861

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09 September 0214


0050 AD

Fethullah GülenFethullah Gülen
(Scholar, author, preacher)

27 April 1941

Mithridates VI of PontusMithridates VI of Pontus

0132 BC

(Byzantine emperor)

0575 AD

Selim ISelim I

10 October 1470

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John ChrysostomJohn Chrysostom
(Theologian, Priest, Writer)

0347 AD

Selim IISelim II
(Sultan of the Ottoman Empire)

28 May 1524

Fahriye EvcenFahriye Evcen

04 June 1986


0500 AD

Ahmed IAhmed I

18 April 1590


0130 AD

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(Theologian, Priest)

0069 AD

Mehmed VMehmed V

02 November 1844

Emre MorEmre Mor

24 July 1997

Basil IIBasil II

0958 AD

Gökhan SakiGökhan Saki
(Kickboxer, Mixed martial artist, Thai boxer)

19 October 1983

Hussein bin Ali, Sharif of MeccaHussein bin Ali, Sharif of Mecca

1854 AD

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Philip the ApostlePhilip the Apostle

0005 AD

Henri FayolHenri Fayol
(Economist, Entrepreneur)

29 July 1841

Mahmud IIMahmud II

20 July 1785


1208 AD

Mehmed IVMehmed IV

02 January 1642

Bayezid IBayezid I

1360 AD

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0610 BC

Enver PashaEnver Pasha

22 November 1881

Saint BarbaraSaint Barbara

0273 AD

Alexios I KomnenosAlexios I Komnenos

1048 AD

Tuba BüyüküstünTuba Büyüküstün

05 July 1982

Mehmed IIMehmed II

30 March 1432

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Murad IIMurad II
(Ottoman Sultan)

31 May 1404

Murad IIIMurad III

04 July 1546

Bayezid IIBayezid II

03 December 1447

Mehmed IMehmed I

1381 AD

Tariq AzizTariq Aziz
(Politician, Diplomat, Journalist)

28 April 1936

Antigonus I MonophthalmusAntigonus I Monophthalmus
(Macedonian general)

0382 BC

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Mustafa IMustafa I

1591 AD

(Novelist, satirist, rhetorician)

0125 AD

Sabbatai ZeviSabbatai Zevi

01 August 1626

Mehmed IIIMehmed III

26 May 1566

Fatih TerimFatih Terim
(Turkish association football manager)

04 September 1953

Abdullah GülAbdullah Gül
(Former President of Turkey)

29 October 1950

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0500 AD

Apollonius of TyanaApollonius of Tyana

İsmet İnönüİsmet İnönü

24 September 1884

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.