Find out more about the greatest Turks, including Mary Magdalene, Rumi, Elia Kazan, Murad IV and Pliny the Younger.

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)
RumiRumi
(Great Poet)

30 September 1207

Elia KazanElia Kazan
(Director, Actor, Producer)

07 September 1909

Murad IVMurad IV
(Ottoman Sultan)

26 July 1612

Pliny the YoungerPliny the Younger
(Author, Lawyer)

0061 AD

Hayreddin BarbarossaHayreddin Barbarossa
(16th Century Naval Commander)

1478 AD

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
(Polymath)

1136 AD

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

06 November 1494

BerrypinklipsBerrypinklips
(YouTube Star)

18 October 2000

TheodoraTheodora
(Byzantine empresses)

0497 AD

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

19 May 1881

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

26 February 1954

Orkun IsitmakOrkun Isitmak
(YouTuber)

08 January 1996

Cenk UrguyCenk Urguy
(Political Activist, Show Host)

21 March 1970

Emre CanEmre Can
(Association football player)

12 January 1994

Jimmy DurmazJimmy Durmaz
(Association football player)

22 March 1989

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

19 October 1983

Arda TuranArda Turan
(Footballer)

30 January 1987

Saint NicholasSaint Nicholas
(Christian saint)

15 March 0270

Mithridates VI of PontusMithridates VI of Pontus
(King)

0132 BC

Osman IOsman I
(Political leader)

1258 AD

Frederick I, Holy Roman EmperorFrederick I, Holy Roman Emperor
(Emperor)

1122 AD

Adnan OktarAdnan Oktar
(Writer, Theologian)

02 February 1956

Fethullah GülenFethullah Gülen
(Scholar, author, preacher)

27 April 1941

Henri FayolHenri Fayol
(Economist, Entrepreneur)

29 July 1841

CaracallaCaracalla
(Roman emperor)

04 April 0188

Ahmed IAhmed I
(Sultan)

18 April 1590

EpictetusEpictetus
(Philosopher)

0050 AD

Mehmed VIMehmed VI
(Sultan)

14 January 1861

AurelianAurelian
(Emperor)

09 September 0214

Selim IISelim II
(Sultan of the Ottoman Empire)

28 May 1524

Tuba BüyüküstünTuba Büyüküstün
(Actor)

05 July 1982

IrenaeusIrenaeus
(Bishop)

0130 AD

Selim ISelim I
(Sultan)

10 October 1470

HeracliusHeraclius
(Byzantine emperor)

0575 AD

Fahriye EvcenFahriye Evcen
(Actor)

04 June 1986

John ChrysostomJohn Chrysostom
(Theologian, Priest, Writer)

0347 AD

Mehmed IVMehmed IV
(Sultan)

02 January 1642

Mahmud IIMahmud II
(Sultan)

20 July 1785

Mustafa IMustafa I
(Saint)

1591 AD

AnaximanderAnaximander
(philosopher)

0610 BC

AlcibiadesAlcibiades
(Statesman)

0450 BC

GermanicusGermanicus
(Political figure)

24 May 0015

BelisariusBelisarius
(General)

0500 AD

Hussein bin Ali, Sharif of MeccaHussein bin Ali, Sharif of Mecca
(King)

1854 AD

Basil IIBasil II
(Emperor)

0958 AD

Murad IIIMurad III
(Sultan)

04 July 1546

Mehmed VMehmed V
(Sultan)

02 November 1844

PolycarpPolycarp
(Theologian, Priest)

0069 AD

Osman IIOsman II
(Sultan)

03 November 1604

Abdullah GülAbdullah Gül
(Former President of Turkey)

29 October 1950

Emre MorEmre Mor
(Footballer)

24 July 1997

Philip the ApostlePhilip the Apostle
(Apostle)

0005 AD

Mehmed IIMehmed II

30 March 1432

Saint BarbaraSaint Barbara
(Saint)

0273 AD

Mehmed IIIMehmed III
(Sultan)

26 May 1566

Alexios I KomnenosAlexios I Komnenos
(Emperor)

1048 AD

Enver PashaEnver Pasha
(Politician)

22 November 1881

Bayezid IBayezid I
(Emperor)

1360 AD

Constantius IIConstantius II
(Roman ruler)

07 August 0317

Bayezid IIBayezid II
(Sultan)

03 December 1447

Murad IIMurad II
(Ottoman Sultan)

31 May 1404

NasreddinNasreddin
(Philosopher)

1208 AD

LucianLucian
(Novelist, satirist, rhetorician)

0125 AD

Tariq AzizTariq Aziz
(Politician, Diplomat, Journalist)

28 April 1936

İsmet İnönüİsmet İnönü
(President)

24 September 1884

Muhtar KentMuhtar Kent
(entrepreneur, businessperson)

1952 AD

Antigonus I MonophthalmusAntigonus I Monophthalmus
(Macedonian general)

0382 BC

ArcadiusArcadius
(Emperor)

01 January 0377

Michael IV the PaphlagonianMichael IV the Paphlagonian
(Emperor)

1010 AD

Sabbatai ZeviSabbatai Zevi
(Rabbi)

01 August 1626

ProcopiusProcopius
(Scholar)

0500 AD

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.