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François Schuiten & Benoît Peeters and the Obscure Cities

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, Benoît Peeters and their Les Cités Obscures

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 civilisation, each characterised 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.

And although not all their work is officially related to the Obscure Cities, they all seem to fit somehow in the concept of their Les Cités Obscures.

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 in 2011 to lift the embargo on information and open the Altaplana archives for everyone.

The archives at Altaplana contain about 3661 pages and are growing day by day. Enjoy the world of Les Cités Obscures!

1996 - 2021
25 years the internet resource about Les Cités Obscures, trying to build the impossible & infinite encyclopedia of the world created by Schuiten & Peeters

1996: The search of Joseph Le Perdriel
1997: EBBS.net, Obskür, web of the Obscure Cities
2011: Altaplana.be


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25-12-2020  · Preview of 2021

Preview of 2021 The end of the year is good for a review of 2020 but also for a preview of 2021. What are the plans of François Schuiten and Benoît Peeters for the new year? Of course due to Covid-19 plans are even more unsure than ever. Due to…
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05-12-2020  · Qui sont les dix auteurs de SF de la « Red Team » du ministère des Armées ?

Qui sont les dix auteurs de SF de la « Red Team » du ministère des Armées ? Les écrivains de science-fiction sont chargés d'anticiper les conflits de demain, sur le modèle d'une équipe créée par le Pentagone dans les années 1980. Après une sélec…
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13-11-2020  · Urbicande. Le cube ne meurt jamais

Urbicande. Le cube ne meurt jamais Un coup de cœur du Carnet Après une existence en noir et blanc, La fièvre d’Urbicande, le deuxième album des mythiques Cités obscures de François Schuiten et Benoît Peeters, couronné par le Prix du Meilleur alb…
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Latest additions and major changes to Altaplana

Benoît Peeters Pan 02-01-2021 12:19
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Adam, Nicolas 01-01-2021 16:14
Mobilis in Mobile 30-12-2020 10:50
The Obscure Cities 29-12-2020 20:21
Murailles de Samaris (Les) 29-12-2020 17:16
Louis Vuitton Travel Book Collection 28-12-2020 14:16
2020 AD 26-12-2020 09:14
Bibliography of Benoît Peeters 25-12-2020 11:12
Red Team 25-12-2020 10:15

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