Were those big castle gates typically push or pull and did it matter?

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I was thinking about sieges on old structures and how in movies, they’re always trying to push the gates in to gain access to the castle or wherever and I was like…what if that was a “pull door” wouldn’t that make the job of the people trying to get in so much harder? Would people designing structures with sieges in mind think about that kind of stuff? Was either push or pull favored for some tactical reason? I know some of the gates they built are top down but I mean specifically a push pull scenario. Or am I asking a totally wrong question.

I don’t know anything about sieges so I’m not even sure if the wording makes sense. Just wondering!

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If it’s a siege, the idea was to starve them out/cut off supplies for anyone inside the protected area.

I don’t see how they could get past a pull door that is pushed shut.

>Was either push or pull favored for some tactical reason?

Yes. You would probably want the door hinges on the inside, protected, as they are a weak point.