Updated: 8:29 PM UTC, Jul 16, 2017

A Castle’s Spiral Staircase Was a Defensive Measure

In medieval times, a castle’s spiral staircase were usually made of stone and rose in a clockwise fashion when looking up from the bottom. So this way, the attacking swordsmen ascending the stairs, would have his swing blocked by the wall.

And conversely, the defending swordsman who would either be coming down the stairs or backing up in reverse, could freely swing his sword. It was assumed that the attacker and the defender were mostly right-handed.

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