The mid-sixth-century Euphrasiana Basilica is in Parenzo, Croatia, and its mosaics rival those of the basilica of San Vitale in Ravenna, directly west across the Adriatic Sea. These mosaics contain many surprises. First and foremost, the square footage of the apse mosaic that are taken up by images of women exceeds those of men. Mary the mother of Jesus is depicted in two scenes on either side of the holy of holies, and in the center of the apse. The baby Jesus is seen on her lap and inside a tiny circle flanked by twelve men up near the ceiling. male saints also flank Mary, but the portraits of female saints frame of the apse. This is one of the most beautiful of all surviving early Christian basilicas.