Welcome to Altaplana, the impossible and infinite encyclopedia of the world of The Obscure Cities, originally named Les Cités Obscures and its authors François Schuiten and Benoît Peeters.
François Schuiten and Benoît Peeters started to explore these cities in the early 1980s. In this fictional world, humans live in independent city-states, each of which has developed a distinct civilization, each characterized by a distinctive architectural style.
François Schuiten and Benoît Peeters didn't only explore this universe by graphic novels, but also by the means of books, movies, exhibitions, scenographics & radio documentaries.
The word Obscure is somewhat misleading for English-speaking readers. In English we tend to think of the word to mean “little known” or “odd.” The French use the word for multiple meanings, including “mysterious”, “hidden” or even “secluded.” ALL of these adjectives could apply to the world imagined in the minds of Benoît Peeters and François Schuiten.
On the Obscure Continent Altaplana is the city that is dedicated to hold all the archives of the Obscure Cities. Altaplana was founded in November 747 AT, after the Convention Von Amelunxen decided that all archives had to be centralized in one special place. Altaplana is located west of Urbicande and Alaxis, mid-way between the two in longitude.
The founding of Altaplana was not an immediately success. It took a long time to sort out if the documents have to be archived in alphabetical, chronological or logical order. Even after personal intervention of Governor Arkhalsky the chaos remained.
It was after a long time that Joseph Le Perdriel brought structure in the chaos by implementing a system that allowed documents to be archived in alphabetical, chronological and logical order, all at the same time. This system made it possible to lift the embargo on information and open the Altaplana archives for everyone.
The archives at Altaplana contain about 2630 pages and are growing day by day. Enjoy the world of Les Cités Obscures!
Schuiten and Durieux working together again
François Schuiten and Laurent Durieux are working again together on a poster. Schuiten and Durieux worked together before on the Ars Musica poster in 2014. And they helped each other on the Shutter Island …
20 Years Obscure Cities Online
In 2016 we celebrate that it has been 20 years since the first webpage about Les Cités Obscures was made by the team of altaplana.be.
It all started in the early years of the internet. After searching for information…
Chinese Translation "La Tour" voted Book Of 2015
The Chinese translation of La Tour that was published in 2015 by People's Fine Arts Publishing House was voted readers' favorite book in the WeChat Green Reading group .
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