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The first to be interested in the forts were the German invaders, whose specialist military and technical teams studied them for two years. From their reports we know that they made use of what they learned of the forts’ exemplary strategic and structural soundness.

During the occupation, the Bulgarians tried to break the Metaxas line, blowing up many of the surface constructions. They also tried to use the steel rich rebar from the concrete. However, they realised that the cost of explosives was several times more than the money to be made from the steel. This proves that the quality and quantity of material used in this building were exceptional for this period of history.
Following liberation and the end of the civil war, many of the buildings of the Metaxas line remained as defensive positions for the protection of the northern borders of the country.

During the 1970s, the Greek Army, in cooperation with NATO, remodelled the buildings of the Metaxas Line, in order to equip them for modern warfare, making modifications and changes to allow for the use of modern weapons. The underground constructions would provide a safe centre of operations in case of nuclear or chemical warfare. Their existence on the border of the West and East contributed to the strengthening of the country against the potential danger from the north in the context of the Cold War.

With the collapse of the USSR and the reconciliation of Balkan countries in a new climate of international relations and cooperation, the forts of the Metaxas Line slowly began to lose their former role. From then on they have remained as places of commemoration and admiration for a heroic but painful time in Greek history. The goal of the Lisse Museum-Park is to bring to life the events of those times, but not with a belligerent or nationalistic intent. The aim is that the visit should be an act of reflection on experience and a remembrance of history, but also a highly original and creative form of entertainment.