Brinje is located in Croatia
Location of Brinje in Croatia
County Lika-Senj
Location 45°02′N 15°08′E / 45.03°N 15.13°E / 45.03; 15.13
Mayor Ivan Lokmer (HDZ)
Surface (km²) 358.22
Time zone (UTC) UTC+1 Central European Time

Brinje is a municipality in Lika-Senj County, Croatia, located about 35 miles from Gospić. According to 2001 census, Brinje had 4,108 inhabitants, out of which 92% were Croats. The municipality is part of Lika.

The town is formed around a castle called Sokolac, which contains one of the most well preserved Gothic chapels in Croatia, St. Marys, which dates back to the 14th century. The Sokolac Castle in the town is named after the Croatian word for falcon (sokol), which appears on the town's coat of arms.

View of Brinje
the Brinje municipality within Lika-Senj County

Brinje's history dates back to medieval times, while the town was held by the noble Frankopan and Gorjanski families. Brinje was important medieval fortified city held by Frenkopan family.

In the late 19th century and early 20th century, Brinje was part of the Lika-Krbava County of the Kingdom of Croatia-Slavonia.

It is some 60 km north of Gospić, on once important road, the "Josephina", passing from the hinterland through the Kapela pass towards the coast in Senj. The new highway that is built brought much needed prosperity to Brinje.

The municipality is one of several in the Lika region where Čakavian dialect is spoken.[1]


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  • Grahovac-Pražić, Vesna; Vrcić-Mataija, Sanja (2010). "Ojkonimi gospićkog područja" (PDF). Folia onomastica Croatica (in Croatian) (19): 81–96. Retrieved 25 December 2018.CS1 maint: ref=harv (link)

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