Vedado (meaning to watch out) was originally named so as it was forbidden to build houses there in the 1500s so that a full view could be had of approaching pirates. In the late 19th century the quarter was developed and the engineer Luis Yboleon Bosque designed broad straight avenues in a grid style with wide pavements, splendid houses and big gardens. It became a neighbourhood for the rich and prestigious families of Havana. Today, it is still an exclusive neighbourhood with many Embassies and Consulates located there, good hotels, famous restaurants and some government ministries. Also there is the Plaza de la Revolución, a venue for major celebrations, is the political centre of Havana and the whole of Cuba, as well as a highly symbolic place.