Salle du Verbe Divin ou salle sud.- 42) L'HOSPICE D'HAUTEFORT; SALLE DU VERBE DIVIN: Deux mannequins s'y trouvent: celui de Bernadette Soubirou, qui au XIX°s fit partie des soeurs de Nevers, et un mannequin vêtu avec la tenue des soeurs de cette congrégation.
The Not-Quite Incorruptible St. Bernadette of Lourdes
The undeniably beautiful 130-year-old body of Bernadette Soubirous is displayed in a purpose-built crystal coffin, housed in a chapel at the abbey where she served as a nun. Her uncannily lifelike visage, clad in nun's robes, is one of the most common examples of incorruptible saints whose bodies never decay. After her death, she was exhumed no less than three times and found to be intact at each, which makes it strange that the face and hands that are so famous are actually made of wax.