The coffin of a small child who died in the 18th century - in the crypt of St Bride's Church, London. This lead-lined coffin has not been opened for fear that the smallpox virus may still exist inside it. photo courtesy The Chirurgeon's Apprentice
St. Bernadette died in 1879 and was canonized a saint in 1933. Her body was exhumed in 1909 and fount incorruptilble. It was exhumed again in 1919, still incorruptible. In 1925 she was placed in a crystal coffin, in a chapel in the Church of St. Gildard at the covent of Nevers where she has been on view ever since, still incorruptible.