Posted on September 24 2018
It was during the Middle Ages that spiral staircases became a popular structural feature. They were originally designed as a defense mechanism in castles. ( )
The idea behind it was that the narrow, clock-wise winding stairway would be a disadvantage to right-handed swordsmen coming to attack, as they would then have to use their weaker left hand to carry their sword. ( )
The spiral staircase feature would also mean that the soldiers could only enter the towers or castle one-by-one, rather than in mass. Some even went as far as to make the steps uneven, causing the men to stumble and fall. The inhabitants of the castle would then have had an extra few minutes to prepare for an attack or escape to safety.
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