This is a fine specimen of the influence of the Moors in Spain and the effect of Islamic architecture. You can notice the balanced geometric shapes. The thin columns give a reminder of the days when the Muslims were ruling the Iberian Peninsula. `Alhambra' in Arabic means `The Red Fortress'. It is a palace constructed in the mid fourteenth century by the Muslim rulers of the Emirate of Granada in Al Andalus. It occupies the top of the hill of the Assabica on the south eastern border of the city of Granada.