Via Nova Traiana
005- Roman Period
003- Roman Forts
One of the most significant achievements of the Romans in Jordan was the building of the Via Nova Traiana, a paved road along the ancient King’s Highway trading route. It was built by Emperor Trajan around 112-114 CE. It linked Aqaba, Amman, Jerash, Pella, Umm Qais, and Umm al-Jimal with the Syrian cities of Bosra and Damascus, and with trade routes from the Mediterranean and Egypt.
A few sections of the road have survived in remote locations, while most of it evolved into the present-day King’s Highway (Highway 35). Some milestones are exhibited on Mount Nebo, in Aqaba Fort, and in other museums. Some Roman forts along the road are still standing today (see Roman Forts).