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The King’s Highway is an ancient trade route that linked Ammon, Moab, and Edom to present-day Syria and Egypt. Many of the early wars were waged to exert control over this vital route. The King’s Highway was later used by the Nabateans, paved by the Romans (see Via Nova Traiana), disrupted by the Crusaders, and then evolved over the centuries into the present-day King’s Highway (Highway 35).
The King’s Highway began in Heliopolis, one of the most ancient cities of Egypt. It passed through the Sinai Desert to Aqaba, Wadi Araba, Shobak, Karak, Madaba, Amman, Jerash, and then to the Syrian cities of Bosra, Damascus, and Resafa.