Simple entertainments of life: Female musicians playing for the lady. Alhambra Courtyard, Al-Andalus (Muslim Spain). Medieval Islamic Era, the Golden Age. Al-Andalus by Noëlle Hugo Pacheco. "Alhambra" was the name of the Palace in Granada, Muslim Spain. 'Alhambra' in Arabic means 'red' referring to the sun-dried red bricks of fine gravel and clay used for building the outer walls of the Palace. The era lasted for over 750 years (711 AD to 1492 AD).