Why Are Castle Stairs Built Clockwise? Medieval History May Explain the Answer…
If you visit a medieval castle, you might be thrown off balance as you climb their uneven, clockwise stairs. As you climb the stairwell, you’ll also find that your right arm’s range of motion is surprisingly restricted, while for lefties arm stretching and waving room is spacious.
Why did medieval builders design stairs clockwise? The medieval age ran rampant with violence, with enemies frequently attacking each other in an almost Game of Thrones fashion. Castles were therefore not just magnificent homes, but also massive fortifications. Architects implemented dangerous design into these castles, turning them into houses of horror for attackers.
Stairs were also purposely made uneven, a culmination of tall and short steps. Therefore the defenders, having been accustomed to the step pattern, could climb and descend much quicker than their attackers.
So the next time you tour a castle and find yourself stumbling in a dimly lit tower, take a moment to appreciate the ageless effect of medieval architecture.