Brinje (Latin – Monetium) is a village in Lika-Senj County with glorious past.
The Illyrian tribe of Japodes inhabited the area in antiquity. The Romans conquered them around 35 BC. With the decline of the Roman Empire the name Monetium was no longer used. At the beginning of medieval times the Croats settled the land. The name Brinje was mentioned for the first time in 1343 when the region was under the rule of the counts of Frankopan from Krk. They built a fortified town Sokolac in Brinje and its remains can still be seen today.
Throughout its glorious past Brinje was subjected to numerous sieges and assaults from various enemies – from the Ottoman army to more recent attacks during the Croatian War of Independence – but it was always successfully defended.