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King’s Way: The King’s Way has always been a trade route and pelgrim’s way. It run from Heliopolis, Egypt, eastwards to the Sinai desert to Eilat and Aqaba. Nothwards through the Araba, Petra, Ma’an to Udruh, Sela and Shawbak. Passing through Kerak, the land of Moab to Madaba, Amman, Jerash, Bosra in Syria to Damascus and to the upper Euphrates. The Nabataeans used this road as a trade route for luxury goods such as frankincense and spices from southern Arabia.
During the Roman period, the King’s Highway was rebuilt by Trajan and called it the Via Traiana Nova. The Highway has also been used as an important pilgrimage route for Christians, as it passed Mount Nebo and al-Maghtas (“the Baptism Site”) at the Jordan River, where Jesus is believed to have been baptized by John the Baptist.
Muslims used it as the main Hajj route to Mecca until the Ottoman Turks built the Tariq al-Bint (the desert highway) in the 16th century. Later, the Hijaz Railway was build by the Ottoman from Damascus to Mecca to make a save solution for the Islamic pilgrims to Mecca, as the roads were not always save by that time