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Obscure cities archives

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 pages and are growing day by day. Enjoy the world of Les Cités Obscures!


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Latest news by La Lumière:

15-01-2016  · Apparences: Paris or Samaris?

Apparences: Paris or Samaris? [Apparences: Paris or Samaris?] Claire and Max wondered what if our environnement was like a movie set? What would be our life in this fake world? They made a short film showing Paris like a fake city with ghostly huma…
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19-12-2015  · Preview Of 2016

Preview Of 2016 The end of the year is good for a review of 2015 but also for a preview of 2016. What are the plans of François Schuiten and Benoît Peeters for the new year? The exhibition Lumières sur les Cités will end on February 7, 2016, but be…
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01-11-2015  · Schuiten to discover the Mysteries of the Pyramids?

Schuiten to discover the Mysteries of the Pyramids? “Just because a mystery is 4500 years old doesn’t mean it can’t be solved...“ This could be the motto of the exceptional scientific mission launched October 25, 2015, under the authority of the Eg…
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Other news about Schuiten & Peeters:

18-06-2016  · 欧洲图像小说作家史奇顿:图像为现实而设计
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18-06-2016  · Critique 921 : La Frontiere Invisible - Tomes 1 & 2, de Benoît Peeters et François Schuiten
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15-06-2016  · Comic Books: A Story Of Friendship And Complicity
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15-06-2016  · Critique 914 : L'ombre d'un Homme, de Benoît Peeters et François Schuiten
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30-05-2016  · "Dolores" de Benoît Peeters, François Schuiten et Anne Baltus adapté au cinéma
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28-05-2016  · Die geheimnisvollen Städte: Licht und Schatten
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28-03-2016  · François Schuiten: «Il ne faut pas stigmatiser la population de Schaerbeek »
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28-03-2016  · François Schuiten : “Ce qui vient de nous arriver va être terrible pour Bruxelles”
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Revoir Paris T2, La nuit des constellations:

Revoir Paris tome 2

Latest additions and major changes to Altaplana:

Voyage dans les Cités Obscures 27-09-2016 18:42
Festival villes et toiles 2016 26-09-2016 21:06
Nadar 24-09-2016 10:35
La révolution des images (1830-1914) 24-09-2016 10:28
Lion of Belfort statue 18-09-2016 11:58
Type 12 object (La) 17-09-2016 11:21

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Read about the mystery of Mary

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