A fire has broken out at the world-famous Notre Dame cathedral in Paris.

Posts from social media showed large clouds of smoke above the city skyline as firefighters rushed to the scene.

Sources at French newspaper Le Monde, the fire started in the attic before spreading to a larger section of the roof.

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A spokesperson for the cathedral said the fire was first reported at 5.50pm (GMT) and the building was evacuated immediately.

The cathedral is one the finest example of French Gothic architecture in Europe visted by over 12 million people every year, and one of the most visited buildings in the world.

Notre Dame (Meaning ‘Our Lady’) – was constructed in 1160 and completed by 1260, and has been altered and restored many times along the years.

Fire at Notre Dame