As Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris went up in flames, celebrities from across the world expressed their shock on social media

Several B-town celebrities also lamented over the raging blaze that ate into a part of the 800-year-old place of worship.

Riteish Deshmukh tweeted a picture of the cathedral where it can be seen covered with the blanket of smoke. “This is a world tragedy Notre Dame -I have no words to express my sadness. To every Notre Dame lover – am so so sorry.”

A massive fire broke out at Notre-Dame Cathedral on Monday afternoon.

Images of the fire showed flames and thick heavy smoke billowing from the roof of the cathedral as firefighters struggled to douse the inferno even as people saw its spire withering away.

Actor Vicky Kaushal Instagrammed a throwback picture in which he is standing outside the cathedral with colourful rose windows.

“Over 700 years old, the spire of Notre-Dame Cathedral,” he captioned the story.

Vicky Kaushal

Vicky Kaushal (Picture Courtesy: @Instagram/vickykaushal09)

Notre-Dame is a medieval Catholic cathedral in the heart of Paris and is considered to be one of the finest examples of French Gothic architecture.

Its construction began in 1160 and was largely complete by 1260.

In the 1790s, the religious monument suffered desecration during the French Revolution, and 14 years later witnessed Napoleon I’s coronation as Emperor of France.

“Devastated on seeing the fire at the Notre Dame Cathedral.. a piece of history turn to ashes.. Our hearts are with the people of France,” wrote Arjun Kapoor.

The Saand Ki Aankh actor Bhumi Pednekar shared an adorable photo on Twitter where she is seen posing with the majestic cathedral in all its glory in her background.

“Woke up to the news of Notre Dame fire and my heart broke. Shattered. Having visited the cathedral a few times, there is a sense of loss..So much history…more power to the firefighters that have done everything to save it,” Bhumi wrote.

Boman Irani tweeted, “The Notre Dame tragedy is hard to watch. The people of France must be devastated. We hope and pray that its restoration will serve to heal.”

The fire has been declared fully extinguished some 15 hours after it began. French President Emmanuel Macronhas vowed to reconstruct the historic building.