Marksmen's Confraternity in Cracow is the oldest paramilitary association in this part of Europe and one of the oldest in the world.
In the old times, the duty to defend the city rested on its residents. The tasks of defending specific sections of city walls were assigned to specific craftsmen's guilds, as was the defence of gates and bastions. To fulfil this duty as effectively as possible, a Marksmen's Confraternity was established. It was an inner-guild association for training the members in military arts. Now the association has a history of much more than a seven hundred years and boasts one of the most magnificent traditions in Europe. It is the oldest organisation in Poland.
Throughout many centuries kings and emperors visited the Marksmen's Confraternity.Their gifts can be seen the Celestat Branch, of the Historical Museum, situated in Lubicz Street.