Saint Casilda of Toledo is the patron saint of Toledo, Spain. She was born sometime in the 10th century, and is believed to have lived during the reign of Alfonso VI. She was the daughter of a wealthy nobleman, but from a young age she showed a strong desire to live a life of poverty and humility. She dedicated her life to serving the poor and sick, and was known for her selflessness and compassion.
Casilda was raised a Muslim, but when she became ill as a young woman, she refused help from the local Arab doctors and traveled to northern Iberia to partake of the healing waters of the shrine of San Vicente, near Buezo, close to Briviesca. There, she was cured of her illness. Consequently, she was baptized into Christianity and lived the rest of her life as an anchoress in prayer, penance, and solitude.
Casilda is said to have received a vision from the Virgin Mary, in which she was told to build a hermitage on an island in the Tagus River. This hermitage eventually became the city of Toledo. She is also said to have foreseen the death of Alfonso VI, and is believed to have predicted the conversion of the Moors to Christianity.
Casilda was said to have had an affinity for animals, and some sources say that she was able to communicate with them. She is also said to have been able to cure illnesses with just a touch. It is said that she lived to be 100 years old and that her death likely occurred around the year 1040.
Saint Casilda is known for her humility and her dedication to helping others. She is also remembered for her prophetic visions and her foresight in building the city of Toledo. She is held up as an example of charity and selflessness, and is a popular figure in Toledo.
Saint Casilda was canonized in 1234. She is honored with a feast day on April 9th and is the patron saint of Toledo.